Aid agencies warn east Africa on the brink of starvation

Meanwhile half a dozen pirate attacks have been recently reported in the region, after falling to zero in recent years, General Thomas Waldhauser, the top United States military chief in Africa said last month.

The Prime Minister vowed to continue support of the famine-hit country as she opened a major worldwide conference focusing on the future of the East African nation.

"Our hearts and sympathies go to millions of Somalis that have been affected by the drought or are suffering as a outcome of violence and insecurity", she said after signing of the new education package with the Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic promotion, Jamal Mohamed Hassan.

"I strongly encourage others here today to make their own commitments to support this process", said May, speaking at a major conference for Somalia in London on Thursday.

The UN is seeking a further 900 million dollars this year for Somalia, where more than six million people need humanitarian assistance and 275,000 malnourished children are at risk of starvation.

Somalia's president Thursday urged world powers to help him fight the "raging enemies" of terror, corruption and poverty, at an global conference aimed at stabilising the crisis-wracked country under his new leadership.

Somalia is also facing new military interest from the United States, as President Donald Trump has approved expanded operations, including airstrikes, against al-Shabab.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who was elected in February and also holds USA citizenship, has repeatedly vowed to defeat al-Shabab within two years.

"More funding is urgently needed to address the crisis and we hope that the conference will result in increased humanitarian finance".


Somalia's government and its foreign backers earlier said they were hammering out a plan to try and strengthen the army to take over the fight against al Shabaab militants from over-stretched African Union troops.

Drought has led to the largest cholera outbreak in the last five years, with more than 36,000 cases and almost 700 deaths so far this year, the World Health Organization says.

In 2011, a starvation in Somalia killed over 250,000 people.

Newly displaced Somali mothers and their children in a camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia.

Save the Children CEO Kevin Watkins said: "Somalia continues to drift towards an avoidable starvation".

World Health Organization added that if the current drought situation continues, "famine could soon be a reality".

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday appealed for additional funding from the worldwide community to save lives and ease the suffering of millions of Somalis.

"Restoring Somalia's relations with the World Bank, cancelling the country's debt, and providing immediate financial support from the World Bank's worldwide development association facility is critical", he said ahead of the meeting.


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