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The UN and Genocide by Starvation in Somalia

A million Somali children have starved to death in the past 24 months and this crime goes unnoticed by the international media?

Genocide by starvation. There are a lot of crimes being committed in the world today but can anyone say a million and a half dead Somalis shouldn’t be at the head of the list?

BY THOMAS C MOUNTAIN

According to just released information sourced from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the FSNAU between October 2015 and April 2016, a period of only six months, upwards of 400,000 Somali’s, two thirds of whom were children, died of starvation. Continue reading The UN and Genocide by Starvation in Somalia

Displaced and Neglected: Ethiopia’s Desperate Drought Victims

Dead camels rot on the outskirts of informal settlements in Ethiopia’s rain-starved Somali region as their owners, once proudly self-sufficient pastoralists, turn to government aid to stay alive.

Ethiopia’s crisis is far from over. There are 222 temporary assistance sites inside Ethiopia containing nearly 400,000 internally displaced Ethiopians, because of drought, currently awaiting for government aid. (Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)

BY JAMES JEFFREY | IRIN NEWS

Ethiopia is facing a drought so terrible that nomadic herders, the hardiest of survivors, have been pushed to the brink. The lucky ones receive supplies of food and brackish water, but the majority, who have settled in spontaneous camps in the remotest reaches, must look after themselves.

“We call this drought sima,” said 82-year-old Abdu Karim. “It means ‘everyone is affected’. Even when I was a child, no one spoke of a drought like this one.” Continue reading Displaced and Neglected: Ethiopia’s Desperate Drought Victims

African Union Needs Troop Surge in Somalia: AMISOM Chief

The head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Caetano Madeira is seeking a surge in troops to help the country’s security forces control areas won back from the extremist group al-Shabab.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

The head of the African Union mission in Somalia is seeking a surge in troops to help the country’s military control areas won back from extremist group al-Shabab, saying the Somali National Army has been unable to take charge as expected.

Francisco Caetano Madeira’s request for an unspecified number of extra AU troops comes amid widespread concern that Somalia’s military won’t be ready to take over the country’s security as the 22,000-strong AU force prepares to withdraw by the end of 2020. Continue reading African Union Needs Troop Surge in Somalia: AMISOM Chief

Don’t Forget Ethiopia Starvation Risk: NGO

The Menschen für Menschen charity has said 5.7 million Ethiopians could die of a lack of food. Part of the problem is that other countries are faring even worse and thus getting most of the publicity.

Ethiopia is still reeling from effects of the 2015 drought. This year, some 6% of the population suffers from chronic food shortages. The ideal is for Ethiopians to be self-reliant in the future. But when and how?

BY DEUTSCHE WELLE

Some 6 percent of Ethiopia’s population of 98 million suffers from food shortages resulting from a catastrophic drought in the eastern African country. But that doesn’t qualify as a risk of famine for the United Nations, which defines the term as 20 percent of a country’s population having fewer than 2,100 kilocalories of nutrition per day. Continue reading Don’t Forget Ethiopia Starvation Risk: NGO

Starvation Kills Over 100 in Somalia as Famine Looms

Drought kills 110 people in just 48 hours as Somalia slips into famine

It is the first death-toll announcement the country has offered as it braces for the famine almost certainly to come.

DEUTSCHE WELLE (DW),

Somalia’s prime minister announced Saturday that 110 people have died of hunger in the past 48 hours as a severe drought threatens millions of people across the country.

The death toll announcement comes just four days after Somalia’s government declared the drought a national disaster – threatening the Horn of Africa nation with full-blown famine. The United Nations estimates that 5 million people across the country are in need of aid.

Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire’s comments came during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee. The death toll he announced is all from the Bay region in the southwest part of the country. Continue reading Starvation Kills Over 100 in Somalia as Famine Looms

UN Warns of Famine Risk in Somalia Amid Worsening Drought

Somalia faces a significant risk of deterioration to famine

UN OCHA: Severe drought, rising prices, access limitations and dry forecasts suggest famine is possible in 2017 in Somalia.

By Katy Migiro | Reuters

Somalia risks slipping back into famine, the United Nations, said on Tuesday, as worsening drought has left millions without food, water or healthcare in a country crippled by decades of war.

Five million Somalis, or more than four out of 10 people, do not have enough to eat because of poor rains and fighting between the Islamist militant group al Shabaab and Somalia’s African Union-backed government.

Famine last struck pockets of Somalia in 2011, killing 260,000 people. It was caused by drought, conflict and a ban on food aid in territory held by al Shabaab. Continue reading UN Warns of Famine Risk in Somalia Amid Worsening Drought

The TN Weekend News Digest #5

Miss some news this week? Catch up on a few of the stories with this quick weekly news digest.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) concludes Ethiopia will not become a middle income country by 2025 despite continued economic growth.

Ethiopia Not Expected to Graduate from Poverty by 2025: UNCTAD

(Addis Fortune) – A new report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) dampens Ethiopia’s prospect of becoming a middle income country by 2025. Despite impressive economic growth in the past decade and a recent positive report from the World Bank, Ethiopia is not expected to graduate from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group by 2025. Continue reading The TN Weekend News Digest #5

CIA, UNICEF and Genocide in Somalia

UNICEF oversaw the starvation deaths of at least 250,000 Somalis during the last “Great Horn of Africa Drought” and famine of 2010-2012 and that didn’t even force its Chief Anthony “Tony” Lake to drivel any “regrets” because the world knew nothing. (Photo: prx.org)

By Thomas C. Mountain,

UNICEF oversaw the starvation deaths of at least 250,000 Somalis, mainly children, during the last “Great Horn of Africa Drought” and famine of 2010-2012 (at the time the worst in 60 years) all the while being led by Anthony “Tony” Lake, former National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton and failed nominee to head the CIA (nomination withdrawn following corruption reports).

That’s right, Tony Lake was supposed to be the Director of the CIA and instead is Executive Director of the largest aid agency for children and women on the Planet, UNICEF. Continue reading CIA, UNICEF and Genocide in Somalia