Somalia Starves While World Focus Rests On Pirates

December 4, 2008

Africa (ChattahBox) – As the world focuses on their interests being jeopardized by recent pirate attacks, another crisis, and a much more serious one, has struck Somalia. A continuing decrease in resources has made famine an imminent danger, and because of escalating violence, it has become nearly impossible for aid to be sent to a country where nearly half of the population depends on it.

The situation has become so desperate that families have turned to the only option open to them: eating the livestock they depend on most for their livelihood. And without any signs of the insurgent attack, or military involvement decreasing, the problem will only get worst, likely leading to a famine like that which the country suffered back in 1992.

While the Red Cross has been urging officials to open up the Somalia borders to allow citizens to escape what is soon to become a wide spread disaster, there is not word yet on any cooperation, or even a response to the demands.

We can only hope that once the crisis comes to a peak the government will begin to listen, and, more importantly, to act. Because with so many ground forces keeping humanitarian aid from the region, it’s obvious that the only true solution at this point will be evacuation, and with the problem becoming more serious by the day, it is beginning to look as if even that will not be enough.


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