famine

1 How should U.S. respond when Somali militants threaten famine relief?

Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill childUN The Al-Shabaab Somali militants affiliated with Al Qaida have vowed to continue their attacks on civilians after taking responsibility for a suicide bombing in Mogadishu that has killed anywhere from 70 to 100 people. The UN refugee agency says this is likely to…

2 Bono uses the F word

Bono, U2′s lead singer and perhaps the world’s leading (or at least most celebrated) advocate in the fight against global poverty, has been known to use the F word on occasion. Here, in this post for the ONE campaign (which Bono co-founded as a grassroots lobbying campaign to urge governments…

0 Fighting famine with peanut paste freed from patent protection

It’s called Plumpy’nut, a nutritionally fortified peanut-based food paste that’s one of the primary weapons in the battle against starvation in the Horn of Africa. And it well may be in wider use in the famine in East Africa because of some folks who months earlier filed a lawsuit challenging…

0 Famine update

The famine continues in East Africa. A few stories of note: TIME: 29,000 Somali children already dead Guardian: Why weren’t aid agencies able to get food there in time? UN calls for long-term aid for farmers to prevent famines in future NPR: Somali-Canadian rapper sees famine up close and personal

0 Interactive map of East Africa famine

The online international news organization GlobalPost has published this useful interactive map of the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. It is based on data from the UN’s World Food Programme (which I suppose justifies the somewhat invasive WFP request-to-donate button on the map). Go to link above. Below…

1 Mercy Corps battling famine in Horn of Africa

Eighteen-year-old Saadia Farah and her one-year-old daughter AminaErin Gray/Mercy Corps photo Last week I wrote about IREX, an international, nonprofit agency working in the famine-struck Horn of Africa on long-term projects like education, media and community building. Today I’m focusing on another group that is hard at work providing immediate…

1 Millions still facing starvation in Horn of Africa, some blame U.N.

Women and children refugees of the famine waiting to enter Dadaab camp in Kenya.By Oxfam East Africa, Wikimedia Creative Commons photo Today, relief agencies are saying there are some 12 million people in the Horn of Africa in danger of starving as a result of drought, exacerbated by conflict in…

0 Is the media mediocre on the catastrophe in East Africa?

The Atlantic “Wire” has published this graphic analysis below of the media’s coverage of the famine in the Horn of Africa as compared to coverage of the shootings-bombing in Norway, the News of the World phone hacking scandal and the debt ceiling debate in Congress. Compared to these stories anyway,…