Half of Somalia’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, according to a new UN report which finds that the conflict engulfing the Horn of Africa nation is pushing increasing numbers of people into hunger. The Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/FSNAU) says that the crisis in Somalia is both widespread and severe, with some 3.76 people in need of humanitarian aid, up from 3.17 million in January. “This signals a serious deterioration in the emergency food security and nutrition situation from earlier this year,” according to Cindy Holleman, Chief Technical Advisor of the Unit. (UN News Service)

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