Thursday, August 18, 2011

Drought and Famine Plague Horn of Africa

More than 11 million people are in danger of malnutrition or starvation in the Horn of Africa region, a geographic area made up of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia. The most acute problem is in Somalia, where drought, poverty, a failed state and militant armed forces combine to create a perfect storm leading to mass migration to refugee camps and famine, and complicating efforts to help the suffering. It has been estimated that as many as 400,000 people are in danger of dying in the crisis, mostly children.

This is a crisis that demands U.S. Government full-scale efforts of disaster assistance!

Compared to the suffering in the Horn of Africa, American financial problems fade into insignificance. There are a lot of places we can find the funds to help in Somalia and the Horn of Africa with domestic human costs that can not be compared to the suffering of the starving African children. I would recommend increasing taxes on the rich and decreasing military expenditures as the first places to look for the money!

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