“It’s due to the drought that prices of food have gone high, and we can’t afford it.”
It reads like a litany of disasters:
“There is no rain at all.”
“The drought is everywhere.”
“There is famine everywhere.”
Thirty-year-old mum Casho is talking about conditions in the displacement camp in Somalia where she lives with her children.
First families like that of Casho fled drought and violence from ongoing conflict, but recently intense flooding has inundated parts of Somalia and forced people out of their homes. As families flee from severe weather events and conflict, they move to displacement camps, where deadly hunger stalks them every day.
Families are feeling the pressure to find new ways to earn a living to feed their children. With the global shortage of grain, food prices are soaring.
In this tough condition, it’s usually the smallest of children who are affected by acute malnutrition.
In her home in Puntland, Somalia, Casho fears for her malnourished baby.
The youngest children are most affected
Casho’s youngest child Aaden suffered from severe acute malnutrition. “My child was so weak and had diarrhoea,” she says.
Fearful for her baby’s life, Casho brought Aaden to the Save the Children nutrition stabilisation clinic which treats children, mostly under five years old, who are malnourished.
In this clinic Aaden received free treatment with a special kind of milk formula and therapeutic peanut paste called Plumpy Nut. It’s a life-saving intervention made possible by the support of donors.
With this treatment, a child struggling against severe acute malnutrition can start to recover. Their immune system becomes stronger and can protect against illnesses and infection.
Casho was relieved that Aaden recovered after the treatment. “He got better. Now he walks around ... He is much better than before,” she says.