Latest update: 21/07/2011
UN calls for help as famine is declared in Somalia
The United Nations has called on the international community for help as the food shortage in the Horn of Africa takes hold. Five countries need aid, having been affected by the low rainfall and drought. But southern Somalia is by far the worse off; the situation there has been exacerbated by twenty years of conflict. The Islamist rebels who expelled aid agencies two years ago have now allowed relief convoys in to help people who are slowly starving to death.