In Somalia, the one-millionth person displaced by the drought was registered this week.
"This one million milestone serves as a massive alarm bell for Somalia," said Mohamed Abdi, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Director in Somalia. "Starvation is now haunting the entire country. We are seeing more and more families forced to leave everything behind because there is literally no water or food left in their villages. Aid funding urgently needs to be ramped up before it is too late."
The number of people facing crisis hunger levels in Somalia is expected to rise from some 5 million to more than 7 million in the coming months, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, and rising food prices because of the conflict in Ukraine.
"Vulnerable communities are the hardest hit by the effects of the climate crisis, leaving many families unprotected and increasing displacement"," says UNHCR's Representative in Somalia, Magatte Guisse. "The Somalia situation was already one of the most underfunded before this latest crisis. While we and humanitarian partners are doing what we can to respond, we simply have insufficient resources. The international community must step up to save lives and support this humanitarian response."