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Afghanistan, pashto

What is the meaning of "security vacuum" like in following title:

Security vacuum compounding effects of drought

Thanks in advance
  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    It's a headline.
    Here is more, from the body of the report:
    Despite some recent progress towards reestablishing a central government, the persistent insecurity makes combating the effects of drought very difficult, further complicating political reconciliation and leaving Somalia especially vulnerable to renewed destabilization.

    The security vacuum refers to the lack of any authority capable of addressing problems such as:
    Aid workers, however, face unique difficulties in reaching all those in need as they try to provide assistance amidst constant threats, piracy, abductions and roadblocks.

    (You would probably have had a reply much sooner if you had included some information about the source of this expression in the question :))
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