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.”
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.