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    Interview: Somalia is seeking international assistance to deal with the worst humanitarian disaster in 20 years-Interview with Somali President's Special Envoy on Drought Warsama

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    United Nations, September 16

    Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Jiangang

    Somali President’s Special Envoy on Drought Relief In an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Varsama said that the current drought in Somalia is extremely serious, and more than 1 million people, including children, women and the elderly, have been displaced by the drought. “They lack food, water and medical care, and Somalia is facing the worst humanitarian disaster in 20 years.”

    Leaders or representatives of various countries will arrive at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in the coming days to attend the event. General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly. Warsama hopes to engage extensively with delegations during this period to seek financial support to help Somali nationals struggling to survive a severe drought.

    The worst famine since the 21st century is spreading in the Horn of Africa, according to the UN News website. Factors such as a historic drought triggered by climate change have led to severe food shortage crises in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya for months.

    Warsama said the lack of rain for four consecutive rainy seasons in Somalia has had a catastrophic impact. If there is still no rain in the coming rainy season, widespread famine will be inevitable.

    He said that with the help of the international community, Somalia’s 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan has received 68% of its funding, but “the gap is still huge”. It is hoped that as much aid funds as possible can be obtained during the UNGA High-level Week activities. After that, he will also travel to other countries to continue to seek financial support.

    Varsama said that Somalia was originally a country rich in agricultural and fishery resources and had great potential for renewable energy development, “but we cannot take full advantage of these advantages because of drought and extreme Organizations influence national development”.

    “We are trying to create a favorable environment to provide good services to the international community and donor groups.” Warsama said that the Somali government is actively coordinating efforts to deal with the humanitarian crisis, Allocate existing resources, ease access to humanitarian supplies, implement measures such as tax exemptions and expedited customs clearance, and reform the security system to combat extremist groups.

    Warsama called on the international community to pay attention to the severe disaster facing Somalia and to help the Somali government implement its humanitarian response plan.

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