Soaring inflation and the rise in cost of goods and services is affecting thousands of people around the world right now, especially those in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somaliland.
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Hunger in Somaliland
Asha, 35, was forced to move to a camp for internally displaced people in Somaliland after losing her livestock in the drought.
Asha and her family depended on the livestock for a source of income and to provide food for the family – meat, milk and butter. Now, she says, she struggles to provide even two meals a day and regularly has to walk to the nearest city to try to get food on credit or money from relatives to help them meet their basic needs.
Despite the challenging circumstances they are living in though, she stays optimistic, telling her children that they will overcome the current situation and return to the way they used to live.
Drought affecting livelihoods
Sagal, 40, is a mother of two and is currently eight-months pregnant, living with her husband in camp for internally displaced people in Somaliland.
The need for support is urgent, especially as often mothers skip their own meals to feed their children once a day.
“Every mother is feeling sorrow when her children are eating only once a day and don't eat the other two times. I feel sorrow every day...our needs are great, and we can't afford more than one meal a day and our shelter doesn’t protect us from the sun or the cold.”
Sagal also shared that she prepares black tea for her and her children to cope with the agonising hunger between meals.
“Our previous life was good. I had 100 livestock and got milk from the livestock to drink, feed the children, or sell to buy other needed food items... now all our livestock is gone.”
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Page updated 15 March 2023