NAIROBI, 18 February. / Itar-TASS Chugin /. Drought threatens the life of 2.4 million people in Somalia. This was announced today, the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Deputy Secretary General Valerie Amos, summing up his visit to Somalia and Kenya.
"With the spread of the drought situation in the state in the Horn of Africa is approaching a critical — she said. — In southern Somalia, the level of malnutrition in the population has increased significantly in the past six months, and a total of 2.4 million people in the country in need of food aid, which amounts to 32 percent of the total population. "
"Some families are preparing to sell their property, including houses and land, in order to survive, — said Amos. — A complicating the situation is the fact that the majority of people in need live in areas under the control of radical Islamists. "
Somalia has no central government since the overthrow in a coup plot dictator Siad Barre in 1991, after which the country does not stop the violence and the struggle for power.