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Somalia Drought

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?

How Somalia's Famine Aid Went Astray

AP | KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 05.17.2012 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A large amount of food sent by the U.N. to the Somali capital during last year's famine never reached the starving people i...

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...

Al Shabab's Ban Of Aid Workers Will Bring Disaster, Groups Warn

AP | MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED | Posted 01.29.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Aid workers and Somali residents expressed outrage Tuesday, a day after the militant group al-Shabab banned 16 aid groups from ...

Al-Shabab Bans Aid Groups From Somalia

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 01.28.2012 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Somali militant group al-Shabab on Monday banned 16 aid groups – including a half dozen U.N. agencies – fro...

Famine That Killed Tens Of Thousands Will Persist Until December

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 01.18.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — The number of famine zones in Somalia was cut in half Friday, as U.S. and U.N. food agencies said aid had reduced death rates. ...

UN Says Food Assistance Reaches Half Of Somalis In Need

AP | Posted 11.28.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.N. on Wednesday said food assistance has reached nearly half the Somalis in need, though it warned cases of diarrhea and ...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Caroline Gluck | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Caroline Gluck

Oxfam is helping to provide clean drinking water for the refugees. But as the camp swells in size and has been created from nothing, water is still rationed and not available 24 hours a day.

Famine In Somalia Can Kill 750,000 In Next Months

AP | KATHARINE HOURELD and ABDI GULED | Posted 11.05.2011 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A famine spreading through Somalia is killing more than a hundred children each day, the U.N. said Monday, and warned that ...

Sharing Loss in Marsabit: Praying for the Drought to Break

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Elizabeth Wright

Just ten years ago, the landsape around Marsabit town was green, with fields of maize and beans, and mango trees all over the hillsides. Cool mists frequently clouded nearby Marsabit mountain. But all that has changed.

On The Ground In Somalia (PHOTOS)

K'naan | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
K'naan

I left Somalia as a child and returned as a celebrated artist. But it's truly bittersweet, as being celebrated by a famine-struck nation isn't quite the celebration I had dreamt of.

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.

Saki Knafo

Scientists Link Famine In Somalia To Global Warming

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.19.2011 | World

As millions of people struggle to survive a famine in East Africa, it’s hard not to ask whether anyone saw this disaster coming. Chris Funk, one of ...

World Humanitarian Day: Celebrating International And Local Groups Working Together

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 10.19.2011 | Impact
Elizabeth Wright

This year's World Humanitarian Day is a celebration of people helping people. In Nairobi, where my colleague Kirk Prichard and I have been deployed on...

Rising Hunger In Ethiopia During Worst Drought In 60 Years

AP | By LUC VAN KEMENADE | Posted 10.17.2011 | World

SHEBEDINO, Ethiopia -- Malnourished children are flocking into feeding centers in this forested corner of southern Ethiopia after a drought in East Af...

Food Republic Will Host Twitter Chat to Help East Africa

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Marcus Samuelsson

I look forward to engaging with my fellow chefs in this important discussion about what the food community can do to help the millions of Africans currently at risk from this famine, and I hope you do too.

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.

Somalia: Thousands Of Food Aid Sacks Stolen

AP | KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 10.15.2011 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets...

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.

11-Year-Old Boy Hopes To Raise $13 Million For Somali Famine

AP | By FRANCIS KOKUTSE | Posted 10.12.2011 | World

ACCRA, Ghana -- As international aid agencies scramble for donations for East Africa's famine victims, one multi-million-dollar fundraising drive has ...

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.

Curtis M. Wong

Student Gives Somali Orphans A Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact

While most of her peers are enjoying their free weekend time, Alia Mohamed spends her Saturdays on Skype. She will listen dutifully at her computer as...

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Meets Starving Children In Somalia

Posted 10.11.2011 | Media

Anderson Cooper reported from Mogadishu on Wednesday night, highlighting the children affected by the famine in Somalia. Cooper focused on the chi...

Why Is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes.

Hunger Pains: Famine In The Horn Of Africa

The Guardian | Xan Rice | Posted 10.09.2011 | World

East Africa is racked by terrible famine once again. So why, when aid agencies saw the drought coming, couldn't they help the starving sooner? ...