Somalia crisis – level 3

06-12-2022 07:00

Somalia’s healthcare system is overwhelmed and in crisis because of an increasing number of militant attacks and the worst drought in four decades.

Hospitals have reported the number increased by 30% of mass casualty incidents from armed conflicts since 2021. At the end of October, 2022, militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two car bomb blasts outside Somalia’s Ministry of Education. At least 120 people died, and it became the country’s deadliest incident in five years. Weeks later, hospitals are still dealing with the patient influx.

However, a surge in violence is just one problem for the country. A regional hospital in Baidoa has reported a more than 170% rise in the number of malnourished children. The UN has warned that part of the country is on the brink of famine, and more than half a million children are at risk of death. Drought and conflicts displaced many of them.

Difficult words: influx (an arrival of large numbers), malnourished (physically weak because of a lack of food), brink (a point at which something unpleasant is about to happen).

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