Today, UN declares famine in southern Somalia. The Feeding centre in Dollo Ado is under emergency. European governments have been accused of "wilful neglect" by aid agencies working in Somalia, parts of which are officially in a state of famine, the United Nations (UN) has confirmed, saying that over 300,000 are currently experiencing acute malnutrition. International development secretary Andrew Mitchell said that men, women and children were dying of starvation.

"It is time for the world to help but sadly the response from many countries has been derisory and dangerously inadequate," he said. Oxfam agreed, saying that while the UK had led the way on aid, countries like Denmark, Italy and France had not provided any extra aid. As you read this, whole communities in Somalia are faced with what has been described by some observers as the worst humanitarian tragedy in decades.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees, as having called the drought now affecting more than 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today which is turning into a human tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Refugees fleeing the region's worst drought in 60 years. The UN is appealing for "massive support" from the international community. UN Children's Fund estimating at least two million children are suffering from malnourishment.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that those at the camp were "the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable of the vulnerable"."The mortality rates we are witnessing are three times the level of emergency ceilings," he said.

from A. Njuguna photographer, UNHCR's photo album in facebook here

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