In a powerful article in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof highlights the devastating drought-induced hunger crisis in Somalia. About 5.1 million children are acutely malnourished in drought-affected areas. Of these 1.4 million children are at risk of dying as a result of hunger.
Amidst the worst drought in over 40 years across the Horn of Africa, Concern Worldwide’s teams in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya are working to meet the growing needs of drought-stricken communities where children are bearing the brunt of the suffering.
In the New York Times Opinion article, Where Moms Hover Over Starving Children, Columnist Nicholas Kristof details the harrowing consequences of failed rainy seasons for over two and a half years.
"To outlive a child is to lose a piece of your heart. A famine looming over the Horn of Africa may soon leave hundreds of thousands more tiny graves pockmarking the arid landscape."
Kristof mentions the work Concern Worldwide supports, alongside UNICEF, at the Banadir Hospital in Somalia where drought-affected mothers and children receive lifesaving health and nutrition services in the pediatrics unit.
'“Hygiene gets worse in an economic crisis, when people can’t afford to use water,” explained Dr. Hafsa Mohamed, a pediatrician at Banadir Hospital, which with support from UNICEF and Concern Worldwide is doing a heroic job keeping sick children alive.'
Listen to Dr. Hafsa Mohamed Hassan describe the overwhelming conditions in the pediatrics unit of Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.