famine

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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

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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6 News update: Aid organizations continue to do media’s job

As I noted earlier, members of humanitarian organizations are often doing the media’s job overseas — of being there (when the media organization isn’t) and “reporting” on what’s happening. Joy Portella of Mercy Corps (the subject of my earlier post) is back in Seattle after traveling in East Africa and…