FYI: Somalia

I read this article  on Thursday, “Famine Ravages Somalia in a World Less Likely to Intervene.”  Doesn’t the title itself make you want to read it?

The opening paragraph is equally mesmerizing and alarming:

“Is the world about to watch 750,000 Somalis starve to death? The United Nations’ warnings could not be clearer. A drought-induced famine is steadily creeping across Somalia and tens of thousands of people have already died. The Islamist militant group the Shabab is blocking most aid agencies from accessing the areas it controls, and in the next few months three-quarters of a million people could run out of food, United Nations officials say.”

You can read the rest here.  This isn’t the first article, there’s some other ones covered by the NY Times, here and here.  Or you can check out other coverage as well.  (BBC, ABC has pictures).

After you’re done, you can come back and educate yourself on some quick bits about Somalia.

First of all, thanks to Google Maps, we can see that Somalia is right here.

Tidbits about Somalia*:

  • About 45% of its population is under the age of 15.
  • The median age is 18.
  • Central government collapsed in 1991
  • Presently under Shabab Islamist rule who are depriving its people basically everything.
  • Drought and record-low crop production has led to sky-rocketing food prices while simultaneously lowering household purchasing power.

Currently, nothing in the news or factbooks or the like are really saying anything about Somalia.  Is it because we already have “too much” on our hands?  Does the world’s “limited interest in a major intervention” mean we’ve lost already?  Excuse me; not “we”, Somalia.

 

*Information gathered from the CIA World Factbook, US Department of State, and Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

 

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2 responses to “FYI: Somalia

  1. this guy claims the famine is created by people, not weather.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/08/29/kennealy.drought.famine/index.html

    • Thanks for the article, Kevin! I don’t disagree with Thomas Keneally. I think that the oppressive ruling party is a HUGE factor.

      As with all disasters, natural or otherwise, the infrastructure of the government makes a huge difference to the outcome of the nation/country/city in question (ie// Japan v. Haiti).

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