Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been inaugurated as Somalia’s newly-elected president.
In his inauguration speech, the newly-elected president urged the diaspora and international community to help stave off the famine that threatens his drought-stricken country.
Aid agencies have warned of an approaching famine as cases of severe malnutrition among children shoot up in the troubled Horn of Africa nation, which is battling a record drought following four failed rainy seasons.
“There are fears that starvation may strike in some areas. The diaspora and the world has a role to play in saving our people who were affected by the drought.
“These conditions were caused by accumulated problems including climate change, destruction of our economic resources and the weakness of our government institutions. Therefore, my government will establish an agency for environmental matters,” he said.