Friday, August 5, 2011

Famine and drought in Africa demand global collaboration

Drought and famine are ravaging the Horn of Africa. In the last week, the UN has declared a state of famine in five regions of southern Somalia, where the number of people needing assistance has increased from 2.4 to 3.7 million in just six months. And the food crisis also affected parts of northern Kenya and southern parts of Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

But the situation is not new to East Africa. Hampered by a serious internal crisis, Somalia is presented as a failed state that breeds insecurity. One example is the piracy suffered by Western ships on their shores. But Somalia now deserves international help to cope with a new tragedy.

West is in deep economic crisis, but the inhabitants of the Horn of Africa have it worse: they have nothing.

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