Somalia: Halima Omar, “I watched four of my children die of hunger”

by IRIN News

This young Somali was suffering from severe malnutrition after fleeing home with his parents. “More than 50 per cent of Somali children arriving in Ethiopia are seriously malnourished, while among those arriving to Kenya that rate is somewhat lower, but equally worrying – between 30 to 40 per cent,”. a  UNHCR spokesperson said.  Photo:Gangale/UNHCR

With 100 heads of cattle, Halima Omar’s family were considered fairly well off in their community in Da’ara village in Somalia’s Lower Shebelle region. However, after three years of consecutive drought, the herd has been reduced to nothing and the family has been displaced.