Media CenterFrom HuffPost: Somalia Is On the Brink of Famine, and Time Is Running Out

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Conflict and climate change have brought the East African nation of Somalia to the brink of famine. In a HuffPost article, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program officer Mohamed Dahir provides a first-hand account of the factors causing a deadly food crisis in the country. He writes:

When Nunay Abdi’s last goat died and her small piece of land dried up, she set out for the city with her six children in search of food and water. By the time she reached the southwestern town of Baidoa, some 60 miles from her village on foot, the 45-year-old single mother realized that two of her children were missing.

In a state of delirium from hunger and thirst, she couldn’t tell if she had forgotten them somewhere along the way, or worse, lost them to dehydration and starvation. The worried mother waited in a camp for displaced Somalis for two weeks for news of her children, aged 4 to 16 years old.

She eventually reconnected with them, but the youngest passed away soon after from severe malnutrition.

Read the full article, Somalia Is On the Brink of Famine, and Time Is Running Out on HuffPost.

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Jim Stipe

Digital and Social Media Manager

Jim Stipe
May 18, 2017

Based in Baltimore, MD

As the digital and social media manager, Jim oversees Catholic Relief Services’ social media channels, shoots photos and video, and uses digital and visual tools for creative storytelling. He also manages the CRS Newswire, which provides a range of information related to poverty and development....More