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How Famine Killed 133,000 Kids in Somalia


World  (tags: world, politics, africa, hunger, drought, children, death, ethics, Refugees&Relief, society, humanrights )

Cal
- 670 days ago - theweek.com
Experts say the tragedy could have been avoided



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Christeen Anderson (595)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 5:05 pm
This is awful. More should have been done to save them. Thank you.
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:46 pm
The famine was spoken of, I didn't know just how severe it was - thanks Cal - how dreadful!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 10:01 pm
No matter what combination of events caused this catastrophe of epic proportions --extreme drought that was caused or worsened by climate change, the desensitization to the suffering of the Somali people by the world community, and the interference of the delivery of aid by the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab-- we can't allow this to happen again. Ever.
 

Rosemary Rannes (648)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 10:59 pm
Suzanne R. expressed my sentiments exactly. My heart breaks for the suffering these children endured to the end! I am ashamed of those who allowed this to happen and wonder where has their sensibility of humanity, of human rights, of feeding children and not allowing them to starve to death gone? Criminal beyond belief ! Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!
Meanwhile " According to the U.N., 2.7 million people in Somalia still need life-saving assistance."
Philippe Lazzarini is the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. I wonder what his strategy going forward will be to prevent innocent children from starvation again!
Let's ask him!

 

Robert O. (12)
Friday May 3, 2013, 12:49 am
So heartbreaking. Thanks Cal.
 

Patricia H. (454)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:04 am
sadly noted
 

Gloria picchetti (299)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:42 am
G-d forgive us.
 

Fi T. (17)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:16 am
Let's treasure our food
 

Jennifer C. (168)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:10 am
Sadly noted.
 

Gene Jacobson (258)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:11 am
"The situation has improved dramatically. After the aid flowed in, the famine was declared over in February 2012. Since then, Al-Shabab has been forced out of Mogadishu. It controls far less territory than it did at the height of the crisis."

This is tragic. As it was before in 1992. Where I live we have a large group of Somali expatriates, some of whom have gone back to Somalia to join Al-Shabab. We are learning to live together and they are good people. But something I have never, and probably will never, understand is how parents can bring a child into the world knowing the chances of that child suriving are so small. I know children are the future and our hope for the future, but when all around you thousands are dying, how on earth can you decide it is a good time to bring another life into the world. I recognize birth control is not readily, or even at all, available, but having children under the conditions those folks live in, and in many other parts of the world as well, seems to me the height of personal irresponsibility. I could not do it. Looking around me and seeing the skeletal sick children, I simply could not, for any reason, get pregnant. Not until it was safe to do so, not for me, but for the child. There are many issues at play around the world that are sheer horror for children. Yes, the UN and developed nations should have done more, but that doesn't solve my basic problem with this issue. Why do that to a child? I've lost two and can barely live with myself though I could not have prevented either instance, but to bring them into the world in a place where I know they are going to suffer, where I know food, clothing, shelter and medical care are not givens, nor that the situation is likely to change, I simply could not bear to bring a child into a world I knew was likely going to kill it. We need to find a way to trump biological drives with reason or this never ends as the world grows ever more populous. And right now it seems we aren't even close.
 

pam w. (138)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:37 am
Always the women & children.....
 

Justin M. (2)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:43 am
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:48 am
Sadly noted.
 

Birgit W. (157)
Friday May 3, 2013, 12:28 pm
Horrific, and Harper in Canada does not want to support them any more. We have to do everything to help them.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:10 pm
Thank you.
 

Frances Darcy (223)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:55 pm
Another famine...and there will be more...sadly another time another place..
 

Sandi O'Donovan (41)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:00 pm
How can one part of the world have so much and the other are dying due to lack of basic needs...
Horrified...
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:30 pm
Should not be happening.
 

paul m. (93)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:24 am

Noted..
 

Dandelion G. (396)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:37 am
Until this inbalance is corrected these conditions with climate and the lack for many people will be a fact. The people of the world must rise up. Please watch:
Take 4 Minutes to Learn Wealth Inequality In the World
 

Roxy H. (339)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:22 am
geeesh this is awful, thanks Cal, sharing
 

Melania Padilla (186)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:57 am
Educate people so they have fewer kids, the world cannot sustain more people!!!
 
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