The projected number of children expected to suffer has skyrocketed, doubling since January of this year.
The UN has said 5 million people are at risk, and thousands have already begun streaming into the capital in search of food.
The US forces were advising and assisting Ugandan troops from AMISOM in southern Somalia
River-fed farmlands have become parched playgrounds for children to kick footballs on, and people are "walking inside the river"
If US March 5 airstrike killed 150 Islamist fighters, the toll would exceed fatalities from all prior American drone strikes in Somalia since 2007
Last week Shabaab gunmen also stormed a hotel in the capital Mogadishu and bombed a nearby park killing at least 14 people
Shabaab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane; said targeting Western security officials and Turkish NATO forces onboard
A passenger believed to be the bomber was killed, probably after being propelled out of the aircraft in the explosion
Africa doesn't come with new stacks of cards or new ideas to the game of world politics. It likes to bring blame, and threats to withdraw
The loss of the Somali port of Merka to Shabaab insurgents would have been one of the biggest setbacks for the African Union force
It's about the size of Gaborone or Juba, and would be Kenya's third-largest town, and older than two independent countries in Africa
Kenya in 'search and rescue' as Somalia's al-Shabaab claims 100 soldiers killed, injured returned to Nairobi
The Shabaab frequently exaggerates the number of troops it kills, while AMISOM rarely gives reliable tolls
AMISOM mission confirms attack--if death toll holds would be among the worst attacks on the AU force.
Religious extremism a threat to African states but could also reverse the gains of modern civilisation
Religious extremism manifests itself whenever normal governance and social relations break down in a particular country or region
Somalia is at least the second Muslim majority country to ban Christmas this year, after Brunei announced a similar prohibition
Somalia's Shabaab kill pro-Islamic State faction fighters, as another of its top leaders taken out in US strike
An unidentified American citizen in al-Shabaab has defected and surrendered to Somali authorities.
African Union forces kill five militants in Somalia camp, including 'notorious' leader Mohammed Dahir
Last month's al-Shabaab assault on a AMISOM base left dozens of Burundian soldiers dead in one of the deadliest incidents in eight years ago.
Last week Shabaab militants briefly took control of a mosque in Garissa, delivering a hardline sermon to captive worshippers.
Divorce Al-Qaeda and wed Islamic State? Weak but still deadly Somalia's Shabaab sweats over its future
"Muslims have to unite against their enemy....[Shabaab] more than happy to join forces to strike the enemy of Islam harder" - commander.