The Horn of Africa region is facing its driest conditions in decades after three consecutive rainy seasons failed. Aid agencies say only a tiny fraction of the funds Somalia needs for food assistance has been raised as the world focuses on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Further complicating the response is the political and security situation. The armed group Al Shabab has been stepping up attacks while the government in Mogadishu has been paralysed by a dispute between the president and prime minister. Parliamentary elections have been repeatedly extended.