Preventing famine in Somalia, a race against time
The majority of people arriving in the displaced camps are women and children. Men and boys are said to have stayed behind to tend to the remaining livestock or to take care of the elderly and the infirm. There are also allusions that they might not be allowed to leave. Much of the livestock is reported to have died. The fear is that the remaining animals will be swept away or succumb to diseases once the rains start.