People in the East African state say it is the worst drought in living memory, caused by successive poor rainy seasons made worse by El Nino conditions in the Horn of Africa.
Adan Shariff Gabow, from charity Islamic Relief, said there are cases of women collapsing from hunger and being set upon by starving hyenas.
“They fell down, malnourished, and we understand they were then set on by the animals,” he said.
The severe weather conditions have killed thousands of goats and cows, bringing the risk of wide-spread famine, aid workers said.
Even camels – which are more drought-resistant – are dying.
Malnourished mothers are unable to breastfeed their babies, and farmers are feeding cardboard boxes to their animals because there is no grass left for grazing.
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