Size of crisis slows Somalia relief efforts

As aid trickles in, the magnitude of the Horn of Africa drought is impeding humanitarian agencies' effectiveness.

    Somalia's government says it is making every effort to help refugees pouring into Mogadishu to escape the drought enveloping East Africa.

    The United Nations Children’s Fund also began airlifting emergency supplies on Friday. But it will not reach all those in need just yet.

    The UN’s World Food Programme says it is yet to reach Southern Somalia - the worst affected region - yet due to the large scale of the crisis and the amount of organisation required.

    Numerous appeals have been made to help the people of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Some countries have made pledges to the UN but faced with hard economic times, many others may not be willing to commit anything at all.

    Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi reports from Nairobi.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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