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Somalia: ICRC distributes food to 10,000 nomadic families

27-01-2005 News Release 05/11

Between 11 and 20 January the ICRC distributed over 2,000 tonnes of food to some 10,000 families in central Somalia and Puntland.

These supplies will enable people to survive until the next harvest, in April.

The ICRC decided to bring in food after its assessment revealed widespread malnutrition. Children are particularly affected, suffering from a range of illnesses brought on by acute undernourishment.

Recurrent droughts have had a devastating effect on the people in these areas, many of whom are nomads. They have lost livestock due to the gradual destruction of grazing land, and their means of survival and their traditional coping mechanisms have been exhausted, creating a critical situation.

Last September, the ICRC supplied some 250 million litres of water for 57,000 families at 250 locations in the same regions. This was enough for one month, and helped prevent even greater destruction of livestock and livelihoods.

The ICRC has been in Somalia since 1982. Working in close cooperation with the Somali Red Crescent Society it helps support those in need, providing regular emergency aid, operating medical programmes, and running over 300 water, health, agricultural and veterinary projects.

    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Anahita Kar, ICRC Somalia (Nairobi), tel. +254 720 613150  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 22 71