The Mathematics of Crisis: Adding Up the Facts for Action
In 2011, it took 16 official warnings of a food security crisis before famine was finally declared in Somalia. The human cost of this was at least 260,000 lives, half of which belonged to young children. The financial cost of this was at least three times more than it would have been had early preventive action been taken. The Guardian dubbed it ‘the avoidable disaster’ and NGOs, donors and the international community at large swore it would never happen again. Yet three years later, we find ourselves in uncomfortably familiar territory.
Oil-rich Somalia faces famine while U.S. oversees military occupation
Early in September, U.S. President Barack Obama announced he had carried out a targeted assassination of the leader of the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance organization in Somalia. The group has been fighting against the Somali government and a regional military force for over six years.
In mid-December 1992, Mohammad Ali Ibrahim, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Somalia, visited me in my Jeddah office of al-Hayat newspaper because he had a statement he desired to publish. In the statement, the Brotherhood warned of American intervention in their war-torn country. At the time, Somalia was about to enter its third year of a grinding civil war which did not only destroy the country but also led to a famine which claimed some 300,000 lives with no hope on the horizon that warlords would sit and negotiate to end the crisis.
Kenya Mall Guards Fire Guns to Warn Off Wayward Driver
Guards fired shots in the air after a driver lost control of his vehicle at a Nairobi mall on Monday when he suffered a seizure, the mall reported, rattling Kenyans still nervous a year after Islamist gunmen attacked another shopping center.
Although efforts are underway to repatriate 500,000 Somali refugees, the government and the UN refugee agency may be looking at a new headache of 1,000 more refugees fleeing Somalia in the last three months.
John Green and Bill Gates Are Teaming Up to Bring Clean Water to Ethiopia
Author John Green has gotten a lot of attention for his heart-wrenching novel The Fault in Our Stars, the bestselling young-adult-novel-turned-blockbuster-movie about two young cancer patients who meet in a support group. But most fans who only know of Green for this reason aren’t aware of his philanthropic efforts, in which he leverages his large social media following and YouTube fan base. His charitable fundraisers have been geared at everything from cancer to censorship to malaria, but now he’s tackling clean water with the help of Bill Gates.
Firm angles for Sh180b Somalia remittances with virtual banking service
Nairobi; Kenya: A local company Rapid Communications Ltd has ventured into to the Somali market after acquiring a 16 per cent stake in Nationlink Telecom, along with a banking services licence. The stake has enabled the company to roll out virtual banking services in Somalia.
UN fears repeat of Somalia food shortages when thousands died
Famine is stalking Somalia after a year of poor rains and heavy fighting, with more than a million lives at risk and little sense of urgency from the international community, the top UN envoy to the country warned.