The United Nations warned on Wednesday that it faces a crippling lack of funds to tackle Somalia’s devastating drought, which has been “overshadowed” by other humanitarian crises including the war in Ukraine. The AFP news agency reports that the troubled Horn of Africa nation is being ravaged by drought, which has affected 4.5 million people – nearly 30 percent of its population – as of February, following three consecutive seasons of poor rains. But so far the UN has only secured three percent of the $1.46 billion required to meet the needs of Somalis. This as around 671 000 people have already been forced to flee their homes in search of water, food or pasture for their livestock, more than double the 245 000 who were displaced in December.
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