By NJ Correspondent:
Newly elected President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has on Tuesday opened up a drought mitigation conference in the capital Mogadishu.
Representatives from federal government officials, UN aid agencies, INGOs, private sector, businessmen and religious leaders to discuss ways to prevent worsening humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
President Farmaajo called on humanitarian agencies to act swiftly to rescue lives of hundreds of thousands of people in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
“We cannot make rain come. We cannot produce water, but we can act swiftly to respond to the deteriorating situation which we must not wait till we see deaths,” said President Farmaajo during the conference.
Humanitarian agencies reported over 6.2 million Somalis have been affected by the famine and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
The agencies have called for an immediate action and doubling of humanitarian resources to intervene the deteriorating situation in the country.
International partners including China, Denmark and Switzerland who attended the meeting pledged their support and urged to increase coordination of aid to avert humanitarian crisis to prevent famine taking shape similar to 2011 drought in the Country.