A Somali boy’s struggle to find food every day has highlighted the multiple problems of conflict, climate change and spiralling food prices in the war-torn nation.
A Somali boy’s mission to find food amid climate struggle
Each morning in the Somali border town of Dollow, 11-year-old Bashir Nur Salat plots his day’s mission behind a crooked wire fence. Armed with only a friend’s yellow school shirt, a borrowed book and toothy grin, he eyes his prize through the mesh: lunch.
Bashir lives where three crises converge – global warming, spiralling food prices and war. He, like millions of others in Somalia, are in the crosshairs of what some aid workers are calling the “The Three Cs”: climate change, costs and conflict.
The worst drought in four decades in war-torn Somalia forced his family to leave their farm three months ago and to move about 100 kilometres north to the border with Ethiopia.
In a new #IDP camp in #Dollow today, Humanitarian Coordinator @Adam_Abdelmoula and Special Envoy for #Drought Response @AAbdishakur called for action to prevent famine in #Somalia after witnessing acute malnutrition. For more, read here: https://t.co/FiGKAgOEWQ#DroughtinSomalia pic.twitter.com/Z7erTtgD4q— UNSOM (@UNSomalia) June 20, 2022
Now, he leads a pack of younger children who gather when the Kabasa Primary School serves its students food.