Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Hunger

"THE HORN of Africa is suffering from its worst drought in 60 years, and food shortages are affecting as many as 12 million people across the region. Not surprisingly, however, the greatest emergency is in southern Somalia, an area under the control of al-Shabab, a group of Islamic militants allied with al-Qaeda. The United Nations has declared that two regions are suffering from famine conditions, with child malnutruition rates of up to 55 percent and infant deaths of six a day. An estimated 2.8 million people in southern Somalia are facing starvation, and 3.7 million in the country overall — or half the population.

Notwithstanding the drought, much of this misery is man-made. Al-Shabab has driven out Western aid groups, which have not operated in southern Somalia since early 2010. It has waged perpetual war against the Somali government and U.N. peacekeeping forces. It has killed Western aid workers. According to a report in the New York Times, it has diverted water resources from poor farmers and imprisoned starving people trying to escape the country. "


Muslims are supposed to be brothers.



George said...

The situation in Somalia is truly tragic. Man's inhumanity to man is truly unbelievable.

A Lady's Life said...

so true george

Trotter said...

Hi Lady! It seems that everybody is on holidays, and nobody is lestenning to the terrible news around!! Fortunately there is always someone paying attention to what is going on...

Blogtrotter Two is preparing to leave St. Florent. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

A Lady's Life said...

thanks trotter