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Horn of Africa

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Hibaaq Osman

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

Drone Warriors

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

Drones have their place, and in future wars might even become instrumental in massive assaults on enemy positions. Even so, a measured use of this technology should be the guiding rule by which a democracy abides.

Peace Must be Built in South Sudan

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Tom Purekal Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staffer Tom Purekal, who is based in Juba, reflects on the recent violence in South Sudan. This piece w...

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Marines Into Africa

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Popcorn Preview: Captain Phillips

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Captain Phillips (2013) Cast includes: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Catherine Keener (Into the Wild), Barkhad Abdi Screenplay: Billy Ray (T...

Expanding the Focus From Relief to Resilience

Kristalina Georgieva | Posted 07.27.2013 | Impact
Kristalina Georgieva

Over the past year, 13.3 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia were thrown into crisis as a result of drought in the Horn of Africa, the worst in 60 years. It doesn't have to be this way.

Britain's Commitment to Somalia's Future

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Sir Peter Westmacott

When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the ruinous civil war that began in the early 1990s.

Food Distribution in the Horn of Africa Goes High-tech

Cathy Herholdt | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Cathy Herholdt

As NGOs shift our response from disaster to development -- teaching pastoralists who lost their herds to farm and other forms of livelihood diversification -- there are still many hungry people to feed.

Bin Laden's Death, One Year On

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Policymakers and prominent opinion leaders must stop conflating the punishment of al Qaeda with the creation of stable societies, particularly when waging counterinsurgency campaigns distracts from the conceptually simpler task of targeted counterterrorism measures to find and eliminate terrorist threats.

Responding Early and Building Resilience in the Sahel

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Nancy Lindborg

A year after the worst drought in 60 years sent 13.3 million people in the Horn of Africa into crisis, we are now facing a rising threat of crisis in the Sahel -- an arid belt that stretches from Senegal through Niger and Burkina Faso to Chad.

In Horn of Africa, Food Crisis Creates Shame

Chris Herlinger | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Chris Herlinger

Food crises are more and more affecting not only the rural poor, but the one-time farmers and laborers who have migrated from the countryside to urban areas seeking a better life.

Gold -- the Color of Impending Starvation

David Weiss | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
David Weiss

Although the drought in the Horn of Africa has long since faded from the headlines, unless we continue to plan long term we may never be very far away from the next crisis.

U.N. Downgrades Somali Famine, But Situation Still Dire

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — The United Nations said Friday that Somalia's famine is over, but the world body's Food and Agricultural Organization warned th...

Should We Still Worry About Food Prices?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Food prices are finally coming down after a year of spikes and high volatility. But prices of certain foods remain very high, and millions of people are still at risk of suffering from malnutrition and hunger.

America Does Not Happen By Accident

Ming Holden | Posted 03.17.2012 | Impact
Ming Holden

Simply put, America needs not to abandon foreign aid because if it did so, it would forfeit leadership.

USAID: Building Resiliency In The Horn of Africa

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Good News
Tom Murphy

Programming in the HoA seeks to give people living in the region the ability to adjust to the cyclical droughts that return every few years. Feed the Future is one USAID program that hopes to build the capacity to withstand weather challenges.

Kenya Dispatch: The End of Structure

Ming Holden | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Ming Holden

It wasn't until I mobilized a theater group for female survivors of gang rape at the hands of rebel army soldiers who murdered their parents in front of them that I truly learned what self-expression means to the future of democracy.

Hunger at Thanksgiving

Ertharin Cousin | Posted 01.24.2012 | Impact
Ertharin Cousin

As we take that last bite of pumpkin pie tonight, let us take a minute to think about the importance of pursuing the goal of feeding those hungry children whose faces haunt us, but more importantly, to give them the tools they need to feed themselves in the future.

Food Prices, Financial Crisis and Droughts

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Global food prices remain high and volatile, affecting the poorest countries the most. For millions who are already vulnerable, events like the droughts in the Horn of Africa add to their hardships while continued market turmoil increases uncertainty in the global economy.

Wampanoags and Peanut Farmers

Mark Moore | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Mark Moore

This year's Thanksgiving celebration will take place as millions of children face starvation in the Horn of Africa and in developing nations around the world. And I am wondering if we will be as generous as the Wampanoags.

Creating a Strong African-American Voice for Africa

Rev. Derrick Boykin | Posted 01.05.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Derrick Boykin

As an African American, I feel compelled to take action on issues facing my brothers and sisters in Africa. We, as a community, need a paradigm shift in the way African-Americans view Africa.

No Refuge for Somali Refugees

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

The reality now is that civil wars do not remain quarantined within national borders. And that forced migration is not an accidental byproduct of war. Many combatants use the forced movement of people as an intentional war strategy.

The Real Haunted House

Ming Holden | Posted 12.28.2011 | Impact
Ming Holden

Depending on how much support a refugee has received, and how consistent their surroundings are in the non-home place they find themselves, they can go from trauma victim to trauma survivor.