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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

World weary of humanity, Africa starves

Famine in the Horn of Africa: millions of people at risk in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, developed slowly gathering support. Western countries, shaken by the financial crisis, it is difficult to decide for new outlays.

A day after the World Food Program United Nations in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, sent the first plane with emergency aid starving population, opened fire from all weapons. Water is, literally, a battle for food. In the week in which the part of the world the most Eurocentric deal massacre in Norway that led to death 76 people in the Horn of Africa in the balance hung the lives of millions.

The masses have gushed into parts of Mogadishu controlled by the Somali government in order to obtain food. Al Shabab, Al-Qaeda linked with the extreme Islamist group that controls much of the country does not allow the United Nations to send aid there. If the authorities fail to expand their territory with weapons, food will be able to be shipped to more places than now. Otherwise, the weak interim government controls only parts of the capital Mogadishu, including the airport, harbor and the area around the presidential palace.

United Nations officials said that about 100,000 people fled Mogadishu in the settlements around the city during the past two months, in a desperate attempt to reach food and water. Somali Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim warned the world to more than three and a half million people could die of starvation in his country. Somalia is the most seriously hit by the worst drought in 60 years, but they are endangered, and Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. More than 10 million people are struggling, in the 21 century, against one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

CREAM-based peanut "plampi nat" is the first air shipment of food to Mogadishu. From the World Food Program UN claim that ten tons of this cream can meet the monthly needs of malnourished children 3500. This is, of course, just a drop in the ocean.

And now, the matrix of justifying the delay in the admission of new countries into the European Union - the so-called. enlargement fatigue in the West talk about "donation fatigue". Foreign governments were very slow when I needed to respond to humanitarian agencies seeking 600-800 million dollars in aid for people who are starving.
Many countries, such as the USA, currently have sufficient own financial problems, so the last thing they want - additional borrowing. "Donor fatigue" is now much easier to occur, assesses the U.S. conservative magazine "Christian Science Monitor," but during the famine in Ethiopia in the 1984th and 1985, when a million people died. The crisis has mobilized the whole world, and artists have performed in concerts to help raise money which is meant life.
"Today, too, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the severe recession, reduced public enthusiasm in the West to engage in yet another foreign crisis," writes the American newspaper. "The will for action based on compassion does not go much beyond one's borders."
So basically - are now more countries and nations on their own but in the not too distant time.
The citizens of the world, however, these years have witnessed natural disasters related to more victims, because the people - all over. The population of the Horn of Africa, for example, over the past decade has doubled.
The planet, meanwhile, became more complicated. Somalia was once ruled by a dictator Barre, which is still much better than Al Shabab militia, the formation of religious obscurantist who kill people for watching football, because, according to their interpretation is incompatible with Islam. Last year, the group was threatening aid workers, stealing food stocks or commodities taxed. And then there are the U.S., whose laws defending the delivery of humanitarian aid if it could be of material benefit to the militants.
As the hungry amplifiers, "soften" are fanatics, and the Americans. Al Shabab militia risks losing control of the people who run away from her territory. United States is trying to relax strict rules in the case of Somalia.

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