Hunger in East Africa
October 04, 2011
Hunger in East Africa is a major issue. While it is an avoidable crisis, the help needed to overcome hunger is available. The blame falls on many, though notified months in advance, the governments had no preparation made to attack the problems that were well on their way.
The international organization Oxfam says that 12 million people in dreadful need of food, clean water ,basic sanitation (Shah). Although, these issues are publicized by the time the U.N calls it an official famine, large amounts of lives are already lost. Somalia has been hit the worst by the famine out of Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan. The U.N reported that between January and June of this year, 300,000 people in Mogadishu were given monthly assistance by Humanitarian agencies. Roughly around 100,000 malnourished children are treated by about 418 nutrition centres in south Somalia from January to May of 2011. The Horn of Africa has 11.5 million people in crisis and Somalia has 3.7 million. A great need for awareness and physical help exist. The government refuses to become completely engaged in the crisis that goes on in their own country. Although, food supplies try and make it to desperate towns, it is stolen. Humanitarian aid organizations are lacking in the aid from other countries and are asking for the help of The United States and any other country in order it replenish their own efforts. The famine is spreading throughout Africa like wild fire. As of August, Afgoye Corridor, the capital Mogadishu and Middle Shabelle suffered lack of food supplies.
Although Africa is suffering from hunger, they are not the only ones that are suffering. Some might not ever think that in our own country, we have states that lack food on the table. Oregon, shows at the top of the list for states that suffer from child hunger. In a country that believes so greatly in a progressive reputation and a compassionate ideologies,...