In the News: Famine in the Horn of Africa

More than 300,000 children are in danger of dying because of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. The United Nations reports that tens of thousands have already died in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. On August 19, World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations urged the world to give more to the relief effort, which has already garnered $1 billion in aid. In Somalia, insurgents are attempting to block aid and prevent people from fleeing the famine. The situation is grim, but aid groups are scaling up their operations. Many Western aid groups are working with local organizations and Somali relief workers.

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World Food Programme (find it on ipl2)

This resource provides information from the UN organization that distributes food aid throughout the world. The Food Programme includes information about the organization and its donors (government, business, and individual), an interactive world hunger map, updates about areas needing food aid (such as the countries in the Horn of Africa), news, photographs, videos, publications, and more.  Some of the materials offered are available in several languages.

World Hunger Notes – Africa (find it on ipl2: Social Sciences — Social Issues and Social Welfare) 

World Hungers Notes is a publication of the nonprofit organization World Hunger Education Service. The goal of this resource is to educate people about the issues of hunger and poverty. Information is provided about the current droughts and famine in some African countries, as well as many other places in the world that are affected by hunger and poverty. Learn about the causes of world hunger and what is being done to end it.

NEW! Famine in Somalia

The New York Times features two slide shows about the famine in Somalia: Fleeing to Kenya (July 2011) and Dangers Hinder Aid (August 2011). Thousands of Somalis are fleeing to refugee camps in Kenya every day. Many people, particularly children, die along the way; malnutrition puts them at increased risk for contracting deadly diseases. Insurgents have tried to block much of the aid intended for the starving people; however, aid organizations continue to try to find ways to help those in need.

NEW! World Humanitarian Day

August 19, 2011 was World Humanitarian Day. This resource describes the crisis in the Horn of Africa and tells the story of a humanitarian aid worker there. People interested in supporting the relief effort can learn how to help and connect with reliable aid organizations.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about famine and drought that is ravaging Somalia and other countries in the Horn of Africa.

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