Underage children (below 5) are vulnerable to death in Somalia. According to recent research by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, Somalia is considered as the worst affected country as far as child mortality rate is concerned. In the year 2010, Somalia recorded 180 deaths per 1,000 live births and this evaluation has been ranked as the worst child mortality rate in the world.
This is not something which has suddenly cropped up. Prior to these existing crisis Somalia’s underage children were dying even before reaching their fifth birthday. Somalia is found out to be a harsh place for a child to survive. In addition to this, some of the areas in Somalia have been acknowledged as famine zones By United Nations. These famine zones areas include Lower Shabelle region, parts of Bakool and Middle Shabelle region and Mogadishu. Parts in Central and South Somalia has a grim story to tell. According to UNICEF, approximately 750,000 people are at an impending danger which may lead to death and more than 1.5 million children are in the need of urgent humanitarian assistance and a large number of children among them are already malnourished.
It is of utmost importance now to save the lives of children in Somalia and for that serious investment is needed. Only proper and serious investment will enable safe future for the Somalia’s children which will avert crisis like the present one.