Somalia’s Severe Drought Ravages Lives But Not Humanity



Vicious sun rays broiling the dirt road; a baby with a swollen belly cuddling the mother; pieces of fabric throbbing against the tent from the wind — a harsh livelihood, yet a daily reality inside the Liibaan Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) settlement in Baidoa, Somalia.

A severe drought has left long-troubled Somalia on the brink of famine — about half of the country’s population is in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The Liibaan IDP settlement we visited shelters some 700 people displaced by severe drought. Most of them are women and children. Some walked for hours or even days in search of food and water.

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