In Somalia, a severe drought is aggravating the plight of Somalis, who have been reeling from more than two decades of conflict and violence. The drought is affecting both farmers and herders, according to Ottavio Sardu, an agronomist with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Ninety percent of Somali agriculture depends on rain, so it’s badly weakened by the current drought,” Sardu said.

The drought also affects herders because they will have “less pasture for their livestock and their animals will become weaker and less responsive to vaccination,” Sardu added.

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