On the African Famine

MSNBC’s Photo Blog has a post by a photo journalist covering the recent drought and famine hitting the Horn of Africa.

The journalist Francesco Zizola, notes in his post, “souls of privileged citizens are hardly touched by these photographs.”

Sadly Zizola is correct. I missed the news of the drought in Africa, because like so many American’s I was caught up in the debt ceiling drama and other recent political dramas and fiascos.

There’s a world of news happening around us every day, and in my opinion, stories like this should be more prominent in the minds of everyone.

CNN reports on the famine and drought:

Twelve million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and they are in desperate need of help.

The United Nations declared a famine in parts of southern Somalia, calling for a widespread international response to end the suffering.

Thousands of Somalis have been fleeing the country each week in search of food, water and shelter — many of them walking for days in the sweltering sun toward refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Nearly half a million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease.

 They have a long list of ways to help on CNN including: 

“Pledge to Fast” by skipping a snack, missing a meal or fasting for 24 hours.

“Pledge to Fund-raise” by raising $100 on your own or through social networks by asking 10 friends to donate $10 each. Give through the Facebook Cause page or text “SURVIVE” to 20222 to donate $10 from the United States.

“Pledge to Friend-raise” by spreading the word through Facebook and Twitter. Go online for more information.

I’d like to think in our our struggles we can all take a minute and consider how lucky we are to live in America and stop squabbling and get to work fixing our problems and our economic standing, so that we can once again be the nation that helps other nations like Kenya and Ethiopia. We are there on the ground, but clearly there is so much work to do.

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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One Response to On the African Famine

  1. PeacefulPatriot says:

    This is a direct result of QE1 & QE2 and the hyper-inflation of food stuffs globally which followed. This will be the situation world-wide if the policies coming out of this government don’t make a swift 180. Nothing is worth doing including sending over temporary solutions unless you’re willing to get rid of Barry the disaster and restore Roosevelt’s Glass-Steagall Act: dump the whole QE1 and 2 looting operation in the trash! Humanity needs to take a look at itself and decide what its role in this universe is, Lyndon Larouche has been full tilt on this question for decades and I tend to think he is right! The only thing that separates him from the rest of the democratic party is that he is not an utter coward when it comes to partisanship and the real facts behind what is guiding us into this inhuman situation!

    Larouche has the plan http://www.LaRouchePAC.com quite denying it and fight!