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Somalia Famine

UN: Somalia Faces Another Famine Threat

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact

MOGADISHU, Oct 29 (Reuters) - At least three million people in Somalia need humanitarian aid and the country is threatened with famine, the U.N. Sec...

The Impact of Food Insecurity and Malnutrition on Children

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Hunger has forced generations into a cycle of poverty, and for children today the long-term impact will impair their ability to stay in school and seek employment. Reducing food insecurity has to be a priority for governments and the international community.

Warning Signs of Another Famine, Lessons to Be Learned From the Past

Shukri Harbi | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Shukri Harbi

The UN does not declare a famine until acute malnutrition rates among children exceed 30 percent, more than two people per every 10,000 die per day, and people are not able to access food and other basic necessities.

Conflict and Late Rains Drive Thousands from Their Homes in Somalia

Crystal Wells | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Shukri Sheikh Ali thought this year would be different. It was to be a time of rebuilding, of recovering, of returning home. Instead, she is starting over once again from scratch, her land thirsty for rain and her village emptied by conflict.

Up To 200,000 Somali Children Could Die From Malnutrition

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) - Up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition in Somalia by the end of the year unless ...

Condemned: The Award-Winning Work of Robin Hammond on Mental Illness in Africa

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 10.17.2013 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

During a trip to Juba, South Sudan to cover the referendum for independence, photojournalist Robin Hammond came across a story he had never seen adequately depicted, when he saw, as he tells FotoEvidence, a mentally ill girl begging at the side of the road.

Somalia's Lifeline Under Threat

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

With roughly a quarter billion dollars of direct, community-level support at stake, all stakeholders must work to ensure that members of the Somali diaspora in the United States can send their money to Somalia as long as they are willing and able to do so. Their poor and vulnerable families deserve nothing less.

Is It The Advent Of A New Era In Somalia?

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 11.26.2012 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Children and youth of today's Somalia have never known what it would be like living in a safe, stable and self-sufficient country. But coordinated work being done there provides hope that development and democracy will prevail over the voices of extremism.

Somalia's Best Bet?

The Huffington Post | Clare Richardson | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

After 21 years of civil war and a 2011 drought that triggered what was called the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world" at the time, Somalia at l...

Somalia Famine Anniversary: 10 Questions Answered

Martin Penner | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Martin Penner

July 20 is the one-year anniversary of the declaration of famine in Somalia -- a moment that, for many, marked the start of the 2011 food crisis in the Horn of Africa. What's the situation 12 months on?

Somalia Refugees Trek Across Desert Seeking Safety in Ethiopia (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2012-07-05-jrsfuchsethiopia.jpg Refugees told JRS the militants force rural Somalis to make a harsh choice: give up a son to join the fighters, or pay the militants off with camels or cash. 

2011 in Review

Shan Wells | Posted 02.27.2012 | Denver
Shan Wells

2011 will long be remembered as the flip side of 2008, as it hosted a GOP pre-season primary every bit as tough as the famous Clinton/Obama duel, but much sillier.

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All in all, it's been a mixed bag of a year, but on the civil liberties front, things were particularly grim.

The Somali Famine, Despair and Resilience

Sadia Ali Aden | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Sadia Ali Aden

As the plane started to lose altitude and the images on the ground began to form into shape, I was stirred with nostalgic feeling triggered by the familiar soil and landscape.

Famine in East Africa: It's Not Over Yet

William F. Schulz | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
William F. Schulz

Reasonable as it may be to pause for a moment to celebrate progress, it is critically important to keep in mind that that perfect storm has far from abated and now threatens to sweep up two more countries in its tumultuous wake.

Have U.S. Counterterrorism Policies Contributed To The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa?

Posted 11.29.2011 | World

When Al Jazeera's staff met Ibrahim Aden in Kenya's Dabaab refugee camp, he had just lost his one-year-old son. Five days earlier, he had buried anoth...

Climate Change and Food Security: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Kelly Rigg | Posted 12.16.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

If you've ever looked at grocery store labels (grapes from Chile, apple juice from China, rice from Thailand) you know the global food supply system is complex. With climate change, there will be winners and losers.

The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity

Bono | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact

2011-10-04-Screenshot20111004at12.07.01AM.jpgThe food crisis in the Horn of Africa is nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe, but it is getting less attention than the latest Hollywood break-ups and make-ups.

Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia?

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

There is never a dearth of funds for magnificent mosques, but when it comes to alleviating the mass starvation of a people, Muslims are coming up short.

WATCH: Iman Reveals What Moves Her Most

Posted 11.29.2011 | Women

How does Iman define success? HuffPost Women and Laura Brown, Features/Special Projects Director of Harper's Bazaar, sat down with the supermodel at t...

The Somali Famine: Where Are the Bad Guys When We Need Them?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

The looming deaths of hundreds of thousands of Somalis from famine and disease should be on everyone's mind. What kind of a world allows this level of mass suffering?

Food Crisis in East Africa: Exclusive Report From My Oxfam Trip

Scarlett Johansson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact
Scarlett Johansson

Several months ago I came across an article about a refugee camp that profoundly struck me. Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world, was declared full occupancy in 2008, but has received between 600 and 1,500 Somali refugees daily since.

Somalia: History, Humanity and Hope

Tomekia Lynn Strickland, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Black Voices
Tomekia Lynn Strickland, M.D.

Learning of the famine in Somalia left me searching for a better understanding as to how the famine developed and how mass starvation could still exist in modern society.

Saki Knafo

Thailand's New Rice Policy Could Lead To International Food Price Crisis, Analysts Warn | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

A program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is warning of a possible spike in international rice prices, a d...

Join Me For Brunch at My Home to Raise Money for Famine Victims at "Brunch for the Horn of Africa"

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact
Marcus Samuelsson

Please help us make a difference and show kindness to our East African friends during their current and frantic time of need, by joining us for "Brunch for the Horn of Africa" on September 18th.