Will the world heed the warnings of Somaliland’s savage drought?
ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar has travelled across Somaliland as severe drought brings the unrecognised east-African nation to the brink of a preventable humanitarian catastrophe.
Somaliland is a place that doesn’t officially exist, a self-declared independent country in the Horn of Africa that is not recognised by any other nation.
But this virtually unknown country, which unlike the rest of Somalia is at peace and is not plagued by the terrorism of Al-Shabaab, is about to be thrust into the international consciousness because of one of the most devastating droughts in recent memory which is gripping the whole region.
We travelled from one end of Somaliland to the other witnessing the effects of the drought on remote rural communities.
Successive rains that the millions of rural peasants and nomads depend on to feed their livestock have failed.
And what is very clear is that the population now stands at the precipice of a crisis which could very easily tip from drought into something far, far worse.