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Five million without food in Somalia – UN

As many as five million people in Somalia do not have enough to eat, warned the UN with hundreds of thousands of children acutely malnourished and requiring urgent assistance.

A report by the global body released this week states that up to t40 percent of the population have been affected by food insecurity amidst conflict between al-Shabab and the African Union backed Somalian government.

"The situation is of serious concern and comes at a time when we are already facing multiple drivers of needs, including drought and risk of flooding, conflict and access constraints - as well as increased refugee returns," stated the UN.

Peter de Clercq, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said the international community had to do much more and scale up its response to the crisis, noting that a Somalian Humanitarian Response Plan has received just 32% of its desired funding.

See a report by Al Jazeera below.