Drought in Somalia could hit not only livelihoods but also ‘pastoralists identity’ 

22 May 2019

With drought in Somalia on the verge of affecting 2.2 million across the country - almost a fifth of the population - UN agencies are calling for urgent funds for critical livelihood support.  

In an interview on Wednesday with UN News, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) in the capital Mogadishu, noted the resilience of the Somali people, “who don’t freely accept charity”.  

Stressing that drought is causing crops to fail and livestock to die, OCHA’s Justin Brady said that not only livelihoods were at stake, but the whole centuries-old “identity” of pastoralists in the region. 

Mr. Brady spoke to UN News’s Paulina Greer. 

Audio Credit:
Paulina Greer, UN News
Audio Duration:
5'

 

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