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Lackluster and disjointed response to drought in Somalia, new report argues

Humanitarian community not prepared for massive crisis

The humanitarian sector was insufficiently prepared for the enormous scale of Somalia’s ongoing drought crisis. So far, the relief efforts have been both disjointed and inadequate. Refugees International came to these tough conclusions in a report released on Tuesday this week.

Humanitarian community not prepared for drought in Somalia

The rainy season in Somalia, which annually runs from March through June, has been very disappointing. This has resulted in below average harvest and pasture for the third year in a row. Between now and the end of the year, levels of food insecurity are expected to rise drastically.

As a result, many residents are expected to turn to the humanitarian community, which has been overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crisis, according to Refugees International, a D.C.-based advocacy group. “The scale of displacement has been enormous, something for which the humanitarian community appears not to have been prepared for,” the report argues.

The rainy season in Somalia, which annually runs from March through June, has been very disappointing. This has resulted in below average harvest and pasture for the third year in a row. Between now and the end of the year, levels of food insecurity are expected to rise drastically.

As a result, many residents are expected to turn to the humanitarian community, which has been overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crisis, according to Refugees International, a D.C.-based advocacy group. “The scale of displacement has been enormous, something for which the humanitarian community appears not to have been prepared for,” the report argues.

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