The Somalia famine crisis is considered to be one of the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.
According to U.S. reports, over 29,000 children 5 years of age or younger have died within the last three months. The United Nations stated that close to 700,000 Somali children are considered malnourished, which will probably add to the death toll of small children.
Unless immediate relief efforts arrive, hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die, a U.S. official stated. Washington, however, is planning to announce $100 million in aid.
Jill Biden, the wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, recently visited the East Africa region to talk about awareness and to raise funds.
“What I’m asking is for Americans to reach out and help because the situation is dire. There is hope if people start to pay attention to this.”
Only 20 percent of aid is actually reaching the almost 3 million Somalis who need it, stated Mark Bowden, a top U.N. humanitarian official for Somali.
Another humanitarian official, Kiki Ghebo, said that more than food for hungry Somalis is needed. Vaccines for medical purposes, plastic sheeting, and cooking utensils are also of importance.
Islamist insurgents have been making it difficult for Somalis to receive aid. Recently, there have been several gunfights at various distribution centers. At least 10 people were killed.
Written by antkyle15
August 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm
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