Relief Efforts in Somalia Largely Off Target, Draft UN Report says

    Drought victims at a refugee camp in Kenya. Photo by: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

    A hundred days since famine was declared in various parts of Somalia, the international community is likely to miss all of the key humanitarian targets it set for 2011, according to a draft U.N. report. 

    “Access and security have presented considerable challenges in famine affected southern Somalia, with the result that many of the targeted indicators have not been achieved,” the draft 2012 U.N. consolidated appeal for Somalia says, according to the Guardian.

    The draft appeal notes only 60 percent of the 3.7 million people identified to be in urgent need of food aid have received regular food assistance and only 58 percent of some 1.2 million targeted to receive nonfood supplies have been reached. Malnutrition rates among the affected population have also more than doubled, the draft report says.

    The report does note these figures reflect a fifteenfold rise in the number of people reached by the humanitarian operations compared with relief programs in 2010. This increase could be attributed to a rise in international aid and attention received by Somalia because of the deepening crisis there, the report explains.

    The United Nations is set to launch the 2012 consolidated appeal for Somalia in November, when the current one expires. The current appeal has received $778.6 million so far, which is only 79 percent of the total funding required.

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