On 20 July 2011, the UN declared a famine in the Lower Shabelle and Bakool – two regions of southern Somalia. On 3rd August, famine was further declared in the Balcad and Cadale districts in Middle Shabelle as well as the IDP settlements in Mogadishu and Afgooye in response to data from the UN’s food security and nutrition analysis unit. According to the UN, famine would spread to all eight regions of southern Somalia in four to six weeks due to inadequate humanitarian response caused both by ongoing access restrictions and funding gaps. The economist also reported that widespread famine would soon occur across the entire Horn of Africa, “a situation… not seen for 25 years”.
Waterfall, in collaboration with UWT Charity has so far helped to provide 30,000 families with water for one month. Tankers of water have been purchased and distributed to camps in Zone Dikfer and Tarbunka areas in Hodan district in Mogadishu.