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Food insecurity threatens 5 million Somalis

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About 40 percent of the population in Somalia is dire need of food due to a prolonged drought and conflict which has led to continued displacement of its people.

This is according to the UN which added that a significant number requires urgent assistance

“Between August and December 2016, we project a total of five million people facing acute food insecurity across Somalia. What is significant about this number is; we now have more than 1.1 million people of the five million total facing acute food security crisis and emergency,” said Daniel Molla, Principal Advisor, Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Somalia.

Malnutrition levels have also increased dramatically over the last six months especially amongst children.

“On the nutrition side we estimate over 300,000 children to be acutely malnourished including over fifty thousand that are severely malnourished and in urgent need of nutrition support,” Molla added.

The situation is of serious concern as this comes at a time that the country is facing multiple challenges and the organisation says urgent action needs to be taken to reduce the risk of it sliding into a catastrophe.

Efforts to reduce levels of vulnerabilities are undermined by a number of factors, including the conflict between the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab and Somalia’s African Union-backed government, natural catastrophe and funding gap.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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