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Friday January 20, 2017 - 06:41:27 in Daily News by Mursi Ibrahim Haji
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    Somali President Appeals for Assistance as Drought Worsens

    As Somalia faces its second major drought this decade, the government has issued an urgent appeal for large-scale, life-saving aid.

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FILE - A boy looks at a flock of dead goats in a dry land close to Dhahar in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, Dec. 15, 2016. Drought in the region has severely affected livestock for local herdsmen.
As Somalia faces its second major drought this decade, the government has issued an urgent appeal for large-scale, life-saving aid.

Holding a joint press conference with the country's National Drought Task force on Thursday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said millions of his people are at risk of starvation if action is not taken soon.

"The devastating drought ravaging many parts of the country continues to take a terrible toll on animals. Many children and aged have lost their lives and now those who were strong enough to endure have started to fall," Mohamud said.

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