Somalia's Puntland Region Declares State of Emergency Over Drought

Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland declared a state of emergency Tuesday and appealed for food and water because of shortages triggered by a severe drought. Drought has gripped large parts of the Horn of Africa country this year and the United Nations says children face acute malnutrition. The crisis is compounded by al-Shabab's Islamist insurgency that seeks to topple the central government that is backed by African Union peacekeepers and the West. Al-Shabab militants carry out bombings in the capital Mogadishu and other regions. Militants killed more than 500 people...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Tuesday, 5 December

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