By Katy Migiro
NAIROBI — An exceptional harvest after good rains and food deliveries by aid agencies have ended famine in Somalia for now but food stocks could run out again in May, the United Nations said on Friday.
The famine, which was declared in July, killed tens of thousands in south and central Somalia, much of which is controlled by Islamist militants. More than 2.3 million Somalis, almost a third of the population, are still in need of aid.
“….famine conditions are no longer present,” said a statement from the office of Mark Bowden, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.
“Millions of people still need food, clean water, shelter and other assistance to survive and the situation is expected to deteriorate in May,” the statement cited Bowden as saying.
Al Shabaab said there was no hunger crisis in parts of the anarchic country it governed and accused aid…
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