Somalia’s 2011 famine killed 260,000 people, study finds, half under age five

National Post | News

NAIROBI – The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age five and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates, officials told The Associated Press.

A decision by extremists Islamist militants to ban food aid and international donors numb to a series of unfolding disasters that made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011.

This report was the first in-depth scientific study of famine deaths in Somalia in 2011. It estimates 133,000 children under age 5 died, with child death rates approaching 20 per cent in some communities.

That’s 133,000 under-5 deaths out of an estimated 9.3 million people. That compares to 65,000 under-5 deaths in all other industrial countries in the world, a combined population of 990 million, according to Chris Hillbruner, a senior food security adviser at…

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