File - Children such as Mohammad Aden, a malnourished 2-year-old boy, have become a common sight.
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Severe hunger is spreading in southern Somalia where militants have encircled several towns in the control of African Union forces, preventing food deliveries there, residents and officials say.African Union forces fighting Al-Shabab militants have moved into several towns across southern Somalia, pushing the militants out."At least five children died of hunger over the past two weeks," said Mohammad Abdi Tol, the commissioner of Bakool region. He spoke from the town of Hudur, which militants have encircled.Humanitarian officials have been warning for months that large areas of Somalia risk mass hunger later this year. Amos told the Security Council that only 19 percent of the $933 million aid leaders are asking for has been funded.
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