Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Famine

This article from The New York Times, "Somalis Waste Away as Insurgents Block Escape From Famine", is going to stick with me for a long time. If you're not familiar with the situation, the article provides an excellent overview. The Shebab, which is backed by Al Qaeda, was responsible for the bombing in Uganda last summer at a site that Paul and his coworkers had originally intended to be visiting - so I already had a grudge against them. The details of this current situation have me so outraged. The Shebab banned vaccinations several years ago, so millions of children are now susceptible to outbreaks of diseases. They are actually barring citizens from escaping to refugee camps in other countries and are forcing them to stay in a country where there is little food and terrible medical conditions and it's estimated that more than 500,000 children are on the brink of death. The political situation is so chaotic and corrupt that aid organizations are having an almost impossible time helping victims. The world was in an uproar after 9/11 (justifiably, of course), yet the same organization is causing so much more human destruction in ways that just should not ever, ever happen. I don't understand this world sometimes.

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