Published: Feb 3, 2012
By Kathryn Reid
Somalia: Famine ends, hunger continues
©2011 Jon Warren/World Vision
Hadija Hassan Abdi walked and hitched rides for eight days to reach a Somalia refugee camp.
The United Nations announced Friday that Somalia’s famine conditions have been relieved by a good harvest and humanitarian aid.

However, Food and Agricultural Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva says food security remains a concern for East Africa.

“We can’t avoid droughts, but we can put measures in place to try to prevent them from becoming a famine. We have three months until the next rainy season,” he says.

“World Vision is providing humanitarian relief in the Somali regions of Puntland and Somaliland, and we continue to see refugees arriving daily from southern Somalia,” says Stuart Katwikirize, the organization’s aid director for East Africa.

USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network says the number of Somalis in need of humanitarian assistance has dropped from 4 million to 2.34 million, 31 percent of the population.

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