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Starving to death in their mothers' arms. The Somali government says 110 people have died in just two days. Southern parts of the country are experiencing severe drought, resulting in famine and diarrhea. The country now bracing itself for wide-spread food shortages. Here in Kismayo, mothers and their babies have been streaming to the city stabilization center.
Supported by the Red Cross, the children are put on a special feeding program. They receive milk, formula up to eight times a day. For those not strong enough to eat, a nasal tube is used instead. Both of Somalia's 2016 rainy season were below average. This year, the April to June rains are predicted to be poor.
>> We work on the farm, but it's really dry. Nothing grows in that dry soil. If we don't get anything, we sleep. We are grown ups. We can survive but the young children cannot.>> Military conflicts between the Islamist group Al Sabap and the Somali government is also making food shortages worse.
African union and Somali troops have driven the militants from major urban strongholds and ports. Making it easier for aid workers to access the drought stricken areas. But smaller more remote parts are still difficult to reach.