The September 27, 2007 edition of The New York Times has an article "Somalia Tallies the Plagues, Fearing What’s Next" that reports on some of the current conditions in Somalia, including the hunger crisis. From the article:
United Nations officials are increasingly concerned. All the signs of a famine are on the horizon: food prices have nearly doubled in some areas, the cereal harvest was the worst in 13 years, malnutrition rates are sharply rising and the long-term forecast indicates that the rains this fall will be disappointing.
“Thousands of people are marching right up to the edge of a crisis,” said Peter Goossens, the director of the World Food Program in Somalia. “Any additional little thing, any little flood or drought, will push them over.”
For more information:
- East Africa Crisis (UN World Food Programme)
- UNICEF Warns of Critical Levels of Malnutrition Amongst Somali Children (UNICEF)