Hundreds of thousands of lives are at risk.
MOGADISHU, Oct 29 (Reuters) - At least three million people in Somalia need humanitarian aid and the country is threatened
Hunger has forced generations into a cycle of poverty, and for children today the long-term impact will impair their ability to stay in school and seek employment. Reducing food insecurity has to be a priority for governments and the international community.
The UN does not declare a famine until acute malnutrition rates among children exceed 30 percent, more than two people per every 10,000 die per day, and people are not able to access food and other basic necessities.
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