The United Nations has declared a famine in two areas of southern Somalia as it suffers the worst drought in more than half a century.

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Tens of thousands of people have already died in Somalia from causes related to malnutrition, with neighboring Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya also badly affected. Malnutrition rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world. The worst-hit areas are the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions in southern Somalia, most of which is held by Islamic militia groups whose commanders banned aid agencies two years ago, and have only very recently begun allowing limited aid to reach those in most dire need.

Trocaire Collection 23 – 24 July 2011

A national Church appeal for east Africa will take place on 23/24 July to aid the emergency relief that Trocaire is providing in the region.


Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church In Ireland.  It is a member of Caritas Internationalis.