Somalia: Famine worsening, as the country prepares presidential elections.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Nearly 4 million people in Somalia are in acute need of food aid as the government and charities struggle to cope with the situation, the United Nations warned.

“The food security situation has worsened as early warnings highlight drought conditions in parts of Somalia,” a report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

“Aid organizations have been unable to meet the needs of over 3.9-million in parts of the country,” it added, warning of “alarming malnutrition rates” in the country.

Somalia’s government appealed donors to take a step saving lives of the affected people.

But reports of a hunger crisis inside the country cast a further pall over the government’s record, after accusations of corruption as well as continued attacks by Islamist insurgents against even the most fortified areas.

On the other hand, the leaders of the government and other institutions are busy with the indirect elections.

The current president and his PM are running for the office.

Although there are calls from the community, no one hears sad voices coming out the affected people.

A UN report blamed “funding shortages and a volatile security situation, which has at times restricted aid delivery into the settlements.”

This month the United Nations warned that Somalia was sliding back into an acute hunger crisis, with parts of the country facing emergency levels just short of famine.

The Somali government has said that the hunger situation is “a precursor to the situation in 2011 in its intensity.”

United Nations assessments also show “above emergency levels of malnutrition” in cities, including cities in Puntland , Southwest and the self-declared republic of Somaliland, with the “highest deterioration” reported in Mogadishu.

Three years ago, more than 250,000 people, half of them children, died in a devastating famine.

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