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Somalia Famine

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.

Somalia Famine Killed 133,000 Children Under The Age Of 5

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 07.02.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A decision by extremist Islamic militants to ban delivery of food aid and a "normalization of crisis" that numbed international dono...

Report: 260,000 Died In Somalia Famine

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 06.29.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published t...

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?

Grueling Walks Claim Lives After Somalia's Worst Famine In Generations

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 09.18.2012 | World

DOLO, Somalia — The long, dusty walks from hungry homes to far-away refugee camps are again claiming lives in Somalia one year after up to 100,0...

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. 

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...

50 Cent Visits Famine Victims In Somalia, Kenya

AP | Posted 04.10.2012 | Black Voices

NAIROBI, Kenya — Rapper 50 Cent is teaming up with the World Food Program to see firsthand the effects of hunger in Somalia and Kenya. The rap ...

Somali MIlitant Group Permanently Bans Red Cross Famine Aid

AP | By KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Somali insurgents have shut down food aid distribution by a major aid group because they say the organization is distributing spoile...

Report: Thousands Of People Died Needlessly In East Africa Hunger

AP | By KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 03.19.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Thousands of people died needlessly and millions of dollars were wasted because the international community did not respond fast eno...

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.

U.N. Seeks $1.5 Billion For Somalia

AP | KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 02.12.2012 | World

RAS KAMBONI, Somalia — Kenyan troops and their Somali allies say they will push deeper into insurgent-controlled territory in Somalia now that r...

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...

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 ...

Many Somali Famine Victims Afraid To Return Home

AP | By JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact

DOLO, Somalia -- Lush patches of green dot this once-barren land, allowing goats and camels to graze. A nearby field is full of large, purple onions t...

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. ...