Seven hundred and fifty thousand Somalis may die of starvation this year. That’s equivalent to wiping out every single person in Washington, plus 150,000 more.

Somalis wait for food aid to be handed out in Mogadishu in August. (Khalil Senosi/Associated Press)

The rate of malnutrition in Somalia is now 50 percent, meaning half of its people are at risk of malnutrition, starvation or death.

Some 12 million people across the region need food aid, a number equivalent to the entire population of Illinois.

The amount of money needed to stop the disaster in Somalia is $2.4 billion, the same amount of money Warren Buffett made today alone on paper.

The United Nations is $1.1 billion short of that goal, the same cost as the initial estimated cost of the damage of Hurricane Irene.

And aid agencies say Somalia’s drought and famine may only worsen in the coming months.

The following, graphic video shows how severely malnourished many Somali children are:

Read about ways you can help here and here. See a gallery of photos from Somalia here.

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