By CGTN Africa
The United Nations and humanitarian partners in Somalia together with federal and state governments on Wednesday released the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Somalia, which seeks 2.6 billion U.S. dollars to assist about 7.6 million people.
An estimated 8.25 million people, nearly half of the population, need immediate lifesaving humanitarian and protection assistance.
Amid an anticipated reduction in funding for humanitarian assistance, 8.3 million people will likely experience high levels of acute food insecurity between April and June, including more than 727,000 who are likely to face catastrophic conditions. About 8 million people lack access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services, a statement from the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
“The efforts of local communities and the scale-up of humanitarian assistance prevented famine thresholds from being surpassed in 2022, but millions of lives remain on the line,” Adam Abdelmoula, Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, said.
According to OCHA, humanitarian organizations, local communities and government authorities have ramped up responses and reached 7.3 million people in 2022.