Fighting the threat of famine in Somalia
The world is seeing one of its worst humanitarian disasters of the century in the form of the global hunger crisis. In Somalia – the epicentre of the crisis – children like Baby Hamdi are fighting for their lives with severe malnutrition.
At only seven months old, Hamdi weighed four kilograms when she was brought into a World Vision clinic – not much more than a newborn.
But the health professionals at the World Vision clinic knew what to do. They have seen many of these cases before. Baby Hamdi was put on a malnutrition program, which included administering her with emergency therapeutic foods. They treated
her for measles, and acute diarrhea caused by the lack of clean water in drought. It’s been a month and Hamdi is well on the road to recovery with a healthier weight of 5.2 kilograms.
To make sure she doesn’t fall into malnutrition again, Baby Hamdi’s mother will receive $150 cash vouchers from World Vision to help her get back onto her feet. Helpless a few months back, Hamdi’s mother now feels optimistic
about the future.
Due to the prolonged drought in Somalia, three million farm animals have died, land is barren, and families have lost the means to provide for their children. To date, one million people have fled to makeshift shelters in urban centres in
search of food aid. The situation is much worse than the Somalia famine of 2011 where 260,000 lives were lost.
World Vision is on the frontlines across 26 countries tackling the hunger epidemic. We are providing emergency food and therapeutic milk to children like Baby Hamdi. We are running mobile health clinics focussed on treating malnutrition. We are trucking water to parched communities. But we need your help to continue.