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Horn of Africa Famine

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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 Miracle Food

Mark Moore | Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact
Mark Moore

If you think of peanuts as just something to eat at ball games or as the essential ingredient in a peanut-butter-and jelly sandwich, you are seriously underestimating Arachis hypogaea.

Leveraging Short-Term Relief for Long-Term Gains in Garbatulla, Kenya

Nan Dale | Posted 11.30.2011 | Impact
Nan Dale

As I watched women gather around earth pan with their empty jerrycans only to find dirty, silt-laden water unfit for cooking, washing or drinking, I knew we had to find an immediate solution.

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?

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.

Giving 1 Percent Of Jesus To Somalia

Sami Awad | Posted 11.12.2011 | Religion
Sami Awad

Those who commit their lives to following Jesus are asked to follow in His steps. Many will argue that these are challenging tasks. If Jesus was here today, He would not do anything we cannot do ourselves.

Africa's Grapes Of Wrath

Kari Stoever | Posted 10.31.2011 | World
Kari Stoever

Similar to the 1930s across the American Great Plain states, prolonged drought in southern Somalia has turned the region into a dust-bowl, causing widespread famine and a mass exodus into neighboring countries in search of for food, water, shelter and hope.

Lives in the Balance: No Time to Waste in the Horn of Africa

Samuel Witten | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Samuel Witten

This is the worst drought in eastern Africa in decades. The United States recently announced additional funding for this emergency. But much more is required to avert greater catastrophe.

Statistical Numbing: Why Millions Can Die, and We Don't Care

David Ropeik | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
David Ropeik

The profound and sobering truth is that our perceptions are an inextricable blend of reason and subjective emotion. One death will always move us more than one million.

Five Seeds of Hope for Somalia

Iman | Posted 10.13.2011 | Impact
Iman

Somali people are suffering and dying not just because the rains failed, but also because the policy of the U.S. and the larger international community toward Somalia has failed.

Dear World: Please Wake Up!

Eugene Cho | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact
Eugene Cho

I get it. We're all concerned about the economy, the budget, issues in our own backyard, our personal finances, our churches, etc. But don't mistake donor fatigue with compassion fatigue.

Why Women And Children Need The Most Help In Somalia

Caryl Stern | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
Caryl Stern

Last week ⎯ on the dirt, beneath thorn bushes just outside of a refugee camp near the Somalia/Ethiopia border ⎯ a young mother gave birth to a dau...

Jesus, Stalin And Casey Anthony: Reflections On The Horn Of Africa Drought

Richard Stearns | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We did not create the desperate conditions of drought and famine threatening the lives of 10 million people in Africa. But, as Christians, it is our responsibility to do something about it.