“I was pregnant and sick when we got to Dhobley,” Nurta says. “My body was weak and getting weaker every day. I had lost fat and muscle from hunger, and I felt tired, irritable, and I couldn’t concentrate. I was in bed most of the time, unable to walk or do my daily chores.”
While Nurta was attempting to recover, the crises in the rest of the country multiplied.
Now, in 2022, after four failed rainfall seasons and two desert locust infestations, as well as the economic effects of COVID and the war in Ukraine, food security experts are projecting possible famine.
Nearly eight million people in Somalia now suffer severe food shortages, more than 200 children have died from malnutrition, and hundreds of thousands of people have been, like Nurta, displaced in search of food and water.