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    East Africa : Triangle of hunger

    East Africa's triangle of hunger
    July 16, 2011

    Worst drought in 60 years in the horn of Africa has left hundreds dead and turned the rest into refugees


    Clockwise from top left:

    Scraping the bottom: A child from southern Somalia eats what little is available after his family was forced to move to the capital Mogadishu while, top, newly arrived Somalian refugees line up for food rations at a receiving centre in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya.

    Running short: Empty cans of vegetable oil are strewn all over as refugees from Somalia gather at a food distribution point in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, last Saturday.

    Drought leaves millions facing famine:
    Refugees newly arrived from Somalia line up to receive food rations at a receiving center in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya on Saturday, July 9, 2011.


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    Wajir: Thousands of families are walking for days in search of food in a triangle of hunger where the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia meet. Hundreds already have died, and images of children with skinny, malnourished bodies are becoming commonplace in this corner of Africa.

    Even Somalia's top militant group is asking the aid agencies it once banned from its territories to return. Thirsty livestock are dying by the thousands, and food prices have risen beyond what many families can afford.

    Hawo Ebrahim said she and her seven children trekked 15 days from a town in southern Somalia before reaching a refugee camp in northeast Kenya.

    "We have seen misery and hunger on our way," said Ebrahim, 32, who said her husband went mad after the family lost its livestock to drought. "The most painful thing was when you don't get anything for your thirsty and hungry children."

    Aid agencies are appealing for tens of millions of dollars in emergency funding. Oxfam — which hopes to raise $80 million (Dh293.8 million), its largest ever appeal for Africa — says 12 million people are affected by hunger. At least 500 Somalis are known to have died from drought-related diseases, though Oxfam says the actual number is likely higher.

    "Two successive poor rains, entrenched poverty and lack of investment in affected areas have pushed 12 million people into a fight for survival," said Jane Cocking, Oxfam's humanitarian director.

    Somalis desperate for food are over-running the world's largest refugee camp in neighbouring Kenya, which is seeing some 10,000 new arrivals each week, six times the average at this time last year. Caught between violence and hunger, a UN official said Somali refugees are suffering "a human tragedy of unimaginable proportions."

    Dependence on livestock

    The epicentre of the drought lies on the three-way border shared by Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a nomadic region where families heavily depend on the health of their livestock. Uganda and Djibouti have also been hit. ActionAid says some areas in the Horn are experiencing their driest conditions in 60 years.

    Food prices have also risen. The UN says in the last year the price of sorghum in Somalia's Baidoa jumped 240 per cent, while yellow maize rose 117 per cent in Jiiga, Ethiopia. White maize jumped nearly 60 per cent in the Kenyan town of Mandera.

    The UN's refugee agency says Dadaab's three camps now host more than 382,000 people, while thousands more are waiting at reception centres outside the camp. More than 135,000 people have fled Somalia this year — including 54,000 in June, three times as many as in May, said Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for UNHCR.

    Many Somali children are arriving at refugee camps so weak that they are dying within 24 hours despite emergency care and feeding, she said.

    In the hospital in Wajir, an ethnically Somali area in northeast Kenya, Dr. Mohammad Hassan said most children in the ward are suffering from severe malnutrition.

    "You will find severely wasted children," he said.

    The European Commission said on Wednesday it is sending $8 million in emergency funding to Dadaab to help deal with the crisis. The EC has contributed nearly $100 million to the drought crisis this year.

    A spokesman for Somalia's most dangerous militant group, Al Shabab, said Tuesday that the group is willing to allow aid agencies to negotiate their return. Al Shabab in 2009 began to ban aid agencies Shaikh Ali Mohammad Rage said non-Muslims who want to help must contact Al Shabab's drought committee for permission.

    Governments slow

    Nicholas Wasunna, an adviser to the aid group World Vision, said the drought is hitting children and elderly hard in northeast Kenya. Wasunna, echoing other aid agencies, said governments needed to have acted quicker to prevent the crisis.

    "We need to make disaster risk reduction a political priority and invest accordingly because these scenes we should never see again. The reality is drought will continue to be with us but we need to do much more, much sooner," he said.

    Save the Children said more than a quarter of children in the worst-hit parts of Kenya are now dangerously malnourished, while malnutrition rates in Somalia have reached 30 per cent in some areas.

    Fleming of UNHCR said her agency estimates that a quarter of Somalia's 7.5 million people are now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees.

    Somalis aren't only fleeing to Kenya and Ethiopia, but also to the capital city of Mogadishu, where refugees begging for food or money are commonplace. Abdi Jimale arrived in Mogadishu two months ago but said he found no help.

    "We were thinking the aid agencies would be helping us in Mogadishu, but we found nothing," he said. "I want to go to Kenya when I can get assistance. The situation we are living in is totally unbearable."

    Maryan Qasam, a 41-year-old mother of seven, said her 35 cows died after the pastures dried out. She makes about 50 cents a day from the generosity of strangers.

    "That cannot quench our needs," she said. "Our children occasionally cry for food and we can't get enough food for them. Our farms dried up and our cows perished so we have no options."

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    From the Gulf News, so no mention of Al Shabab terrorising aid workers and stopping them doing their jobs. They just refer to a "hardline militant group".

    Funny that, ennit?

    The hardline Muslim armed group battling Somalia's weak government has lifted a ban on humanitarian agencies supplying food aid to millions of citizens amid one of the region's worst droughts in 60 years, a spokesman for the fighters said on Wednesday.
    "We have now decided to welcome all Muslim and non-Muslim aid agencies to assist the drought-stricken Somalis in our areas," said Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for al-Shabab.
    Somalia is experiencing pre-famine conditions, driving more than 1,000 people over the border into Kenya and Ethiopia each day, according to the United Nations.
    "All aid agencies whose objective is only humanitarian relief are free to operate in our area," Rage said, adding they should first contact al-Shabab's drought committee.
    Al-Shabab, which is connected to al-Qaeda networks in Africa and the Gulf, controls the majority of Somalia, including around half of the capital, Mogadishu, where Rage gave his press conference on Wednesday.
    In the past, they have said food aid creates dependency, but they have also used aid for themselves and charged foreign organisations high fees to operate.

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    And right next to all those oil rich muslim "brothers"

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    ^ Exactly.
    I worked in eastern Sudan during the Ethiopian crisis ~1985-1990. One week I viewed a strange distribution. The oil rich muslim "brothers" sent a huge shipment of dates, the only aid they had ever sent. A nice treat but hardly effective as food relief: nonetheless they rigorously ensured only the muslim refugees got any.
    One regularly sees on TV ads by the DOHA Fund, how it helps the world: meaning the 'muslim world'. 'Brotherly' takes on a whole new meaning indeed.

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    Yes its afunny old world

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    i never knew that

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    religion rules the roost
    and muther fokers play God.

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    It's such lazy left-wing journalism just showing pics of starving poor people... these journos should put down their violins and start doing some real investigative reporting to establish what the fucking cause of the problem is... and I bet it isn't "the man's" fault either. There's no mention at all about *why* there's a drought there, and *why* all these people are in this area in the first place... as if it just suddenly "happened": utter bollocks.
    Typically, you have to go to f!cking Newsround to get some proper journalism:
    Why do these droughts keep happening in Africa? Why doesn't it ever happen in the UK?
    Poverty is the cause of the problems. In places like the UK we have the systems in place to stop serious droughts happening.
    In the UK huge reservoirs collect rain all year round, and farmers know how to irrigate their land so they get the best use out of available water.
    Also, people in the UK have other means of making money, which means we can buy the food in from other countries.
    source: CBBC Newsround | World | Why is there a big drought in East Africa?

    So, they haven't got any reservoirs for storing water, and a dysfunctional irrigation system?

    All they need is some proper land management.



    There you go, gold star, smiley face, propaganda over, there's not really such a problem:

    Agriculture

    The media are guilty of perpetuating this false trope of Africa as starving dustbowl with bloody civil wars in every square inch of it.

    There is actually no problem with the rains, it's a problem with planning and management, and education... that, and left-wing propaganda trying to train the public in the west to cough up on cue...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    ^ Ethiopia is the principal source of a major tributary of the Nile river which runs north, sustaining both Sudan and Egypt. Despite countless millions in aid over the past two decades Ethiopia has neither harnessed any of the rain to sustain itself, nor constructed any meaningful reservoir, canal or road infrastructure. International aid, as far as the Ethiopian government is concerned, is an end in itself; a source of cash inflow.

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    They're basically hunter-gatherers that settled down in a hut and put a few maize seeds in the ground. That's where their evolution stopped, and that's where they still are many centuries down the line.

    Decades of programmes to teach them agriculture have simply failed. No progress. Fuckall. Nada. The aid workers leave, it all simply goes back to where it was before.

    Let them become extinct. It's nature.


    The sum total of black Africa's achievements over millennia has been the mud hut.

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    The story quotes two women, one 32, the other 41, both have 7 children.

    This is a major cause of the problems in the Horn of Africa, give these people Aid and they simply produce still more children to starve when the next drought comes around - so the Western Press and Aid Agencies can take pictures of the starving children to encourage donations of yet more Aid ............ and the cycle continues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree View Post

    The sum total of black Africa's achievements over millennia has been the mud hut.
    Someone seems to have missed their history course.

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    Its a shame Etihad,did not invest 400 million to help these people over the next 10 years instead of a football club.
    Mind you being an Arab based company they know 90% of the money will end up in the wrong hands.
    Better of paying a footballer 250,000 a week then to help a starving person.

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    Let's not forget that Zimbabwe was considered Africa's "bread basket" until that c*nt Mugabe destroyed the whole system. He's managed to turn it from an exporter of a variety of foodstuffs to a country of starving.

    Funny that, there was never a starving Libyan, but we're bombing the shit out of Gaddafi.

    This bloke is responsible for god knows how many deaths, and he gets a few sanctions is all.

    It is indeed a funny old world.

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    They need white rulers, to look after them.

    We need to deport all Africans from the west, otherwise they will bring us down to thier level.
    Areas of Britain where these nationals live already look like the 3rd word, very high unemployment and huge birth rates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    They need white rulers, to look after them.

    We need to deport all Africans from the west, otherwise they will bring us down to thier level.
    Areas of Britain where these nationals live already look like the 3rd word, very high unemployment and huge birth rates.
    They have huge birth rates in Africa too, it's just that most of them die young.

    Like large swathes of the developing world, they haven't worked out that if they have smaller families, there will be more to go around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    thier level.
    limbo champ ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree View Post

    The sum total of black Africa's achievements over millennia has been the mud hut.
    Someone seems to have missed their history course.
    Point out your problem, oh Great Guru. Or STFU.

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Let's not forget that Zimbabwe was considered Africa's "bread basket" until that c*nt Mugabe destroyed the whole system.

    And so it was. Certainly wasn't due to black agriculture.....

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    The sum total of black Africa's achievements over millennia has been the mud hut.

    [/quote]Rural SurinSomeone seems to have missed their history course.[/quote]

    ---- Ah yes, they were once the center of the civilized world. Just the way SE Asia was, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey View Post
    Its a shame Etihad,did not invest 400 million to help these people ovn Arab ber the next 10 years instead of a football club.
    Mind you being aased company they know 90% of the money will end up in the wrong hands.
    Better of paying a footballer 250,000 a week then to help a starving person.


    It's certainly not an "investment" to "help these people" (an investment means there is an expectation of some kind of benefit in return); it's quite simply a waste of money and effort: Feed them and we only give them energy to reproduce - not 1 in 200,000 will ever repay, as a contribution to our world either financially, intellectually or in any other way whatsoever, our charity; and their progeny will continue to be a huge drain on the worlds already limited resources for generations.

    At the most basic level it's evolution - adapt, contribute, or why should anyone care if you live or die?

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    I see another Live Aid concert looming.

    The money will again end up in the khaki pockets of some Warlord, and they will still be in the grip of some famine, genocide, rape, disease cauldron all of their own making. And so it goes.

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    Sadly we have some fokin nasty members here ,

    those of you who lack compassion for your fellow man are less than human

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Sadly we have some fokin nasty members here ,

    those of you who lack compassion for your fellow man are less than human

    Meet Africa, before you sprout Western drivel about compassion.







    Note the picture well. Civilians, not soldiers. This is pure bloodlust gone wild. Africa's trademark. That and the fact that no amount of compassion, aid and liberal tears will ever change things.

    This is the problem with Western liberalism. It assumes that we are all basically the same and respond the same. A fatal flaw in the basis of their well-meant efforts. The results of which can be seen everywhere around the world, including Europe. Time to wake up and admit the presumption that we are all the same is patently false.

    Africa is, and will always be, barbaric. Live with it. Their evolution stopped way back when at the mud hut.

    You will try and feed them and teach them forever, or they will starve. That's reality, not nastiness.
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    and that is the entire continent ?

    may you never have children ,

    live with that .

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Funny that, there was never a starving Libyan, but we're bombing the shit out of Gaddafi.
    Well we wouldn't want them defaulting on the promised oil contracts would we.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Sadly we have some fokin nasty members here ,

    those of you who lack compassion for your fellow man are less than human
    I dont think some of these guys are able to differentiate between a war lord, drug dealer and a baby dying in agony for the lack of bottle of milk, their inability to empathise on even the most basic level actually making them less human than the unfortunates that are wiping down.
    Stupidity in it's most ironic form.

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