The United Nations has declared a famine in two southern Somali regions for the first time since 1992, due to the worst drought in half a century. Tens of thousands of children have already fallen victim to hunger, and in some areas, half the population is malnourished. Thousands of Somalis have fled to neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya in search of food and water, with many dying along the way. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon estimated that humanitarian agencies would need $300 million to provide aid to upwards of 12 million people whose lives are now in danger.
Above, internally displaced women wait for food rations with their children at a distribution center in Dharkenley district in Somalia, on July 16.