Somalia drought forcing children out of school

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A third of children in Somalia’s drought-stricken areas are at risk of dropping out of school, the United Nations has warned, as food and water shortage grips the Horn of Africa.

The drought has left more than 6.2 million people needing urgent help so far.

According to the U.N., about three million go hungry in Somalia, with millions now facing death from starvation.

The agency says that three million children in the country are out of school, with another 100,000 on the brink of dropping out too.

On Tuesday, Somalia’s newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared a “national disaster” due to the drought.

The Horn of Africa nation is one of three countries – along with Yemen and Nigeria – that the aid agencies say are on the verge of famine.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Somalia was at risk of its third famine in 25 years. The last one, in 2011, killed almost 260,000 people.

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