After Somalia’s famine, hunger persists – average woman has six kids

At a hospital in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district, children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, worsened by stomach and chest infections, are receiving treatment that is likely saving their young lives.

Three years have elapsed since famine killed more than a quarter of a million people in Somalia ?- more than half of them children ?- yet for many of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people the hunger has not gone away.

Seven-month-old Zakaria was admitted to the specialised clinic with severe acute malnutrition and a respiratory tract infection.

After six days of being fed fortified milk and antibiotics, his tiny body still appeared emaciated and listless but his mother, Baarlin Hassan Nuur, 30, said he was much improved.

“When I brought my son here he was very sick and vulnerable, but he is recovering now and looking better,” said Nuur, a street vendor and market trader. She moved to Mogadishu from the town of Balad, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) to the north, when seasonal drought dried up her father’s farm…


CIA World Factbook entry for Somalia: Total Fertility Rate = 6.08, #4 in the world.  

I’m starting to see a pattern: in the last few days, there have been stories about hunger in Niger (#1) and Mali (#2), both with over TFRs of over six children per woman.  In Niger, it’s nearly seven.  

Now we are reading about Somalia. Absent from the story is any mention of this unsustainable population growth. 

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