1.25m+ kids at risk in Somali drought

2011-07-29 14:03

Nairobi - The UN children's agency warned on Friday that 1.25 million children in urgent need of life-saving support in drought-struck southern Somalia must be made a "top priority".

"The children of southern Somalia desperately need our help," Unicef Somalia representative Rozanne Chorlton said in a statement, warning that 640 000 children are acutely malnourished.

"Too many of them have already died and many others are at great risk unless we act now," she added.

Somalia is the Horn of Africa country worst affected by an extreme drought that has put some 12 million people in danger of starvation across the region and spurred a global fund-raising campaign.

Nearly half of Somalia's estimated 10 million people are in need of relief assistance, owing to the effects of relentless violence and the drought that prompted the United Nations to declare famine for the first time this century.

"Families shouldn’t have to leave their homes, mothers and their children shouldn’t have to endure days of perilous journey in search of food and water and then face a life of uncertainty in a camp," Chorlton added.

"All our energy should be focused on saving lives."

High-energy food

But the scope of the catastrophe is huge and delivering aid to one of the most dangerous countries in the world is difficult.

The two famine-struck southern Somali regions of southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle are both controlled by Islamist Shebab rebels who have banned several key aid agencies.

Thousands of Somalis continue to stream into neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya seeking food and water, and up to 100 000 people have fled into Mogadishu over the last two months, according to the UN refugee agency.

However, Unicef has mounted a "massive scale up of its operation" alongside local partners in Somalia to bring in enough high-energy food for 65 000 children into southern Somalia.

Six Unicef flights and two ships have delivered high-energy food this month, with supplies reaching Shabaab controlled areas.

"Although we have challenges, we are reaching children," Chorlton added.

  • Ulrich - 2011-07-29 14:28

    I would like to help! @News24 please let us know how we can help.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 14:38

      contact gift of the givers.they are based in jhb

      De_La_Rey - 2011-07-29 15:00

      SOLUTION....Stop breeding like flies and then expect the world to keep bailing you out.

      Gert Konsert - 2011-07-29 15:09

      Thanks Jowza

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-29 15:11

      Less breeding ...... More feeding. Now THAT should be an African solution to an African problem ! Parasites, the lot of them. Kids not to blame though & for them I am truely willing to assist.

      Anton - 2011-07-29 15:34

      Also, Doctors Without Borders do incredible work in Africa. They are also in JHB.

  • Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 14:29

    Rough. Cruel, etc. But did that drought start before or after the babies were born? If its central Africa then probably before. Begs the question then, why did they make the babies and bring them into those conditions? So what happens? White suckers and the UN send off tons of food aid, everything goes lekker and for a while, and then? Off everyone goes and soon the next load of babies are born. Again the process starts, over and over again. No wonder the world is heading for overpopulation. Overbreeding is rewarded with food parcels.

      Buic - 2011-07-29 14:30

      May be we should let them all die, and i promise you they will double that number next year and they will need help again..sometimes tough love is needed here

      jowza - 2011-07-29 14:40

      its a drought some compassion even if they not the same colour as you - 2011-07-29 14:41

      you are such an idiot. At times shutting up helps rather than talking rubbish.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 14:48

      ...and shutting up helps how? If you can't take the heat, get out of the mud hut. Babies are being made here.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 14:51

      JOHAN.seems like you cant take the heat in africa.move on

      jowza - 2011-07-29 14:52

      you you referrin to vaat

      Tiltonred - 2011-07-29 14:57

      @jowza.....One can understand where Johan comes from. Since before 1984 people have been dying of hunger in Somalia, the drought is nothing new. Two years ago there was a documentary on telly about the drought in Kenya. People a tired of always giving to Africa. They give alot, but they can't see that it is making any difference. You have the top brass creaming off all the 'benefits' and the rest die. Somalia have been fighting a war for how long? What's that about? They've got money for wars, but not to feed their masses? I know we should keep colour out of this, but even you have to agree that the logic/brains is definitely lacking in this instance. Also keep in mind that there are a recession happening in the world. People only now give if they see that their money is doing something, not disappear down a big black hole. Do you know how many African leaders have got huge mansions in especially France? Money that I would love to know where they get? So no, we know it is cruel not to give, but somewhere one has to begin to be tough. Teach a man to fish and all that......

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:00

      @Tiltonred. Thank you, that was sublime. Tough love is the only way it will get better.

      lollie sue - 2011-07-29 15:01

      Then don't help if u don't want to, this isn't funny, idiot

      lollie sue - 2011-07-29 15:05

      @Buic, these children are innocent, you heartless. It doesn't mean the whole world is cruel as you.

      Illuminated - 2011-07-29 15:05

      dont worry Johan, with Belinda and Bill gates on a mission to "vaccinate" Africa, all those starving people will soon die as those vaccines take a huge toll of the immune systems and to a malnourished body that pretty much means death as the body cant handle it...

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-29 15:09

      @Johan. Millions of women all over the world do not have the benifit of having 1) had and education, let alone sex education 2)access to birth control 3) a say in whether or not they get to "breed like flies" - many of these women have been raped, in some cases multiple times, and births are a common result of the rapes. You are so quick to judge, when their world has been ripped apart by war that was not of their own doing (Ethiopia), the once productive area which was farming, is now desolate and barren. This "famine" is not just about nature - there are several man made factors which have contributed to the current crisis. Be grateful that you ARE educated, and that you CAN provide for your family - these people are not begging for help because they are lazy. Share some of your wealth - if no physical money, then educate yourself on the issue and spread the word.

      Buic - 2011-07-29 15:22

      @Johan i agree with you sir..tough love is good. Death will wake them up before they go to bed with their women....if no one cares then they will start to care about themselves and get their dicks in order. Had enough of this africans...i mean really now.."There's an african saying "" i believe former president Mbeki" said it best "Blackman, Vuka uzenzele" it means wake up and pick yourself up...

      Buic - 2011-07-29 15:40

      @lollie sue "Look dont pretend you care for them ok" they must thank the drought coz its helping them...had enough of these breeds...

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:55

      buic.this discussion is way over your head

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:01

      There is money for war but not for food. Why must we send more money or food?

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:08

      Lollie Sue, it is not heartless, it is reallity. In our own country are literaly thousand of people that is suffering daily. Rather give the money there. It is time that every country takes care of its own.

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:10

      MissGremlinSays, so let the war mongers take care of it. They have the money to buy the weopons And to make war.

  • psydomx - 2011-07-29 14:31

    DONT BREED EM IF YA CANT FEED EM!!!! SIMPLE MATHS, how bout neutering the females, this will save a fortune in humanitarian aid

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 14:36

      That would work a treat, but then liberals will go on about "human rights", etc. Drought, hunger, disease, etc, its nature's way to keep the population at a level that the given area can sustain. But no, here, have this food and go off and make 9 babies. Next year we'll be back with more food. Crazy.

      Anton - 2011-07-29 15:45

      Psydomx Johan Britz, You talk such rubbish. This is the worst drought for over SIXTY YEARS, many of who are now starving ,have not known hunger before !! Are you suggesting that in future when there are cyclones and earthquakes, and there are many in desperate need of help, like say in the Carrabean ( Haiti !!! ) or New Zealand, we should just let those people rot there, as it is nature's way to keep the population at levels??????????????????????? No, Sirs, I think there is another problem here, It starts with a ,r, !!!!!!

      OZNOB - 2011-07-29 15:48

      ALSO tell the pirates to start financing a feeding scheme . I am just plain fed up with any aid being given around there being hijacked and then being sold off for someone elses benefit

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:49

      Anton, all I need to say is this: Central Africa, sir, drowning the earth in babies that other countries are feeding (all the while being blamed for their troubles).

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:14

      Anton, there is money for war then there is moeny for food. I will no longer sustain Africa and there bad leaders. In our own country there is enough suffering people. Help them First.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-07-29 14:31

    such a pity that human suffering does not shut down the reproductive system

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:09

      not you again eric

      Buic - 2011-07-29 16:27

      @Eric dat's right...and get a doom while we at it..odorless

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:31

      typical buic

      Buic - 2011-07-29 16:58

      @jowza , thanks partner glad i could help.

  • Hazel - 2011-07-29 14:37

    We can feel sorry for the children born in these terrible times of drought in Somalia,most so young maybe only a few weeks or months old,but than why are these parents having more and more children constantly. Where do they get the energy from to engage in sex? Its a sin they carry on like this,no passion for the unborn soon to be born.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 14:45

      I saw a movie a few weeks ago, titled, "Babies". They followed the 3 babies through the first year of their lives. A chinese baby, one from like Norway, and one from central Africa. The other babies are raised with love, taken to classes, fathers are involved in every process. The central African (black) baby spends his days rolling around in the dirt, between dirty tin plates, flies everywhere. And that's with 2 year olds already running around! Kids EVERYWHERE! The fathers are nowhere to be seen. And then we pity them if they go hungry?

      jowza - 2011-07-29 14:54 will justify anything to show your disrespect for black people

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 14:58

      jowza. Firstly, Have you heard the term "FACTS" before? Maybe you should rent the movie and watch for yourself? Secondly, WTF are you talking about? You are right, I have NO respect for "people" you bring dozens of kids into the world that they expect other people to feed. Maybe you respect that.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:15 your whole thought process driven by the movies

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:21

      jowza, No, it is driver by logic and rational thought. Not by raging, mallnurished hormones. Try it sometime?

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:25

      i dont have raging hormones,nor am i malnurished

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:28

      btw johan.we have very poor whites living in the same town.lots of them live on handouts.i belong to an organization that feeds people on a weekly basis. should i tell them to stop breeding like flies

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:33

      jowza, Yes, maybe you should. If they were once self-sufficient and came upon hard times then they might need a bit of help, but continuing to help the helpless that keep making their own situation worse, then no, pull the plug.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:41

      fortunately humanitarian organizations dont think like you.

      Buic - 2011-07-29 15:42

      How you gona feel sad for them ??

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:54

      say what buic

      Buic - 2011-07-29 16:00

      @Jowza is there an echo in your screen ??? or does your screen stutter??

      Almaki - 2011-07-29 16:00

      @Johan: I understand where you're coming from, but I find your callous disregard for suffering babies and children quite ridiculous. By all means, judge the parents, but don't condemn a baby who had no choice in being here.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:10

      yes there is explain your statement

      Buic - 2011-07-29 16:32

      @jowza..great for why u ask me "say what buic" like i need to repeat myself...

  • eKnows - 2011-07-29 14:47

    It is sad but can UNICEF and other care givers not rather look at birth control measures in these uneducated third world countries. 1 x food parcel = 1 x Essure procedure for women or 1 x Vasectomy for men. The cost of these procedures will save food costs in years to come and that money can then be used for education rather than more food.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 14:51

      Would never work. Governments need their people to "suffer" so that they can look like the saviours. And the more people are thankful for the saviours, the more votes at the next elections. Oh sorry, I thought we are talking about South Africa here.

      eKnows - 2011-07-29 14:55

      Mmmm jy het 'n punt beet Johan.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:02

      Johan.thats exactly how the old regime made you think

      Illuminated - 2011-07-29 15:09

      people population control hase been implemented already, its called the financial collapse for the first world countries who know the meaning of family planning AND aids, TB, Swineflu and all other diseases for the poorer nations who still find the time to breed like roaches...

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:18

      jowza. Bra Julias goes "make babies, its revolutionary". The "masses" are already poor, can't feed themselves, never mind the offspring they produce. And now you think its ok to make more? The only reason he said that is to make sure that the ANC has lots of people that they can convince that whites are the reason they are suffering - so that they vote ANC. Let me explain even better. Take R20. Make 6 kids. That's about R3 per child, not allot. Now take R20, and make 2 kids. Each kid gets R10, much more. Do you understand? There is only so much money in the world, split if over LOTS of people and everyone stays poor. Split it over less people, and those people have more money. Get it? What about the previous regime? Don't waste my time.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:29

      johan dont quote julias to me.i dont listen to idiots

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:30 are assuming that im black

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-29 16:13

      Jowza...Yes I am. If you are not....well I dont get your defensive attitude towards blacks overbreeding !

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:24

      you want me to defend racist right wing views boffin

  • Showahed - 2011-07-29 15:12

    Somalia...isn't that where the pirates come from hijacking ships in their vacinity? Ask these bastards for money.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-07-29 15:14

    can we feed our politicians to!!!!

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:21


  • Colline - 2011-07-29 15:19

    it's soul destroying to see these little children suffering but the ONLY way these ppl can be helped is if they stop breeding!

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:26

      I was told in the past that people under a certain financial bracket, and under a certain IQ, shouldn't be allowed to have children. Human rights, this and that, blah blah, but its true. They are just continuing the cycle of hunger and desperation. The "chain" must be broken somewhere!

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:44

      johan,only problem with that is that a lot of your own kind wont be allowed to have children

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:50

      jowza, Then it seems central (black) Africa is filled with very rich geniuses.

  • Mugabe - 2011-07-29 15:20

    God save Africa

      Dmitri - 2011-07-29 15:29

      For GOD to save Africa, you need to turn to HIM first. Africa has for many years turned away from GOD and now you want HIM to help when we are not willing to turn back to HIM.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:35

      dmitri.thought greeks were christians not jews

      Kenno - 2011-07-29 15:36

      I think it's a bit late for that !!

      Dmitri - 2011-07-29 15:41

      @jowza, I am neither. Shake your head because your eyeballs are stuck. I was referring to a post by Mugabe. Besides, what do you classify yourself as ??????????????????

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:53

      so tell us why you fly the flag

      Buic - 2011-07-29 16:17

      god cant save anyone in this age and time. that is some hope which is irrational. god helped us already we have a planet now humans need to get their lives on gear...its dat simple 1+1 = 2

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:24

      Africa has the leaders what they have chosen. God didn't had any say in it. If you choose wrong then you must live with it.

  • MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-29 15:26

    I am revolted, by the lack of compassion displayed in the comments section from so-called educated people. Making jokes about children dying. Proving how awesome you all are by not having to make your family walk hundreds of kilometres, just to find food and water. Congratulations. You all live in a country which has not been ripped apart by war. Where our weather pattern is fairly reliable and our crops don't often fail. Where a large portion of us have access to birth control and medical attention. Where our wives are not raped and murdered as an act of war. Where we don't have to hold our dying children in our arms begging that they take their last breath, because no person on earth should suffer in that way. How dare you judge them. Oh, wait, I already know the answer. You feel superior because you have never been hungry a day in your life.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:37

      .....this smells a little familiar... I smelled the same thing yesterday... Liberal BS. I think your eyes need to be opened. You live in a rose coloured bubble.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:45

      no live in a cacoon

      buzz - 2011-07-29 15:52

      MissGremlin, I haven't noticed anybody here claim to be educated. But thats nitpicking. In essence, you are quite right I must agree. What makes it difficult for me to feel empathy here is that we hear african leaders condemning the west all day everyday, wanting whites to leave sa, plotting against zim etc etc. With that kind of attitude, how can they expect 'westerners' to then have pity? I have pity, I truly feel for somebody who has to starve to death - but I ain't sending no cash. The AU can send cash, but they rather choose the libya subject to get involved in cause it won't cost them much. The AU should be at the forefront of this disaster, but they're too busy trying to get gaddafi to come holiday in SA or somesuch.

      OZNOB - 2011-07-29 16:01

      STRANGE the country you mention also have lots of pirates who go aroung hijacking ships for ransom. extorting / murdering people for their own profit and pleasure -as far as I recall there are 2 south africans being held against their will by your friends up noth . so please be my guest and go to them and ask them to start doing some good among their own people and also to show some compassion to other people. Until they start helping themselves I am just tired of throwing good money after bad to a people who refuse to help themselves and just want to live on hand outs and sympathy

      lollie sue - 2011-07-29 16:09

      Well said MissGremlinSays. @Johan, all you know is play racist. you got no life, you're not human.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:16

      AZNOB.are you asking criminals to help

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:28

      MissGremlinSays You must first learn to take care of you own. If I see the daily suffering in our own country. Then I am wondering what are you doing to help here first.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:33 have said the same thing over and over do you know we are not giving charity locally

      Anastasia - 2011-07-29 17:02

      @ Alkie, I am aware of the suffering in SA. I donate a sizable portion of my personal income and time to making food packages, and packs of warm clothes to distribute to homeless people. Don't try find holes in a story, rather think about what you can do to help. I don't like giving out money, for example, so food and warm clothes were a good compromise for me.

  • Afrika - 2011-07-29 15:32

    This is the legacy of 400 years of slavery and imperialism. The capitalists must pay for this disaster as they are to blame!

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:43

      Ag please. Some African countries were never even saw colonialists, and are still dumps today. You want know who't to blame? Pull your pants down and meet your wife's best friend. And your girlfriend's best friend, and you mistreses best friend, and that "shawty" at the shebeen's best friend, etc etc.

      OZNOB - 2011-07-29 16:05

      strange it was your own brothers who sold the people into slavery. imperialsim ended when they gave africa their independence so pleasee just that sort of retoric is so last century it is unbelievable

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:17

      oznob.spoken like a true knob

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:29

      You just made me laugh. All this realy proves, is the fact that Africa leaders enrich themselfs and there people are suffering.

  • Thabiso marumo - 2011-07-29 15:33

    MissGremlinSays, well said, it's a pity that people like Johan,BOFFINBOB,Tiltonred, Illuminated have filled themselves with so much hatred for black people that they will ignore your comment and continue with their ignorance.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:44

      What hatred? Please tell me? Does the truth hurt? Everything I said are truths that can be seen just by opening your eyes. Or doing a bit of research.

      buzz - 2011-07-29 15:54

      Thabiso I think its a case of two things here: first, once bitten twice shy. These humanitarian efforts have gone awry many times, enriching warlords and the like. Second, pure lack of common sense on the part of those who are poverty stricken yet still pop rugrats out like there was no tomorrow. I believe you'll find their attitude would be the same towards white people if they behaved in that way.

      Thabiso marumo - 2011-07-29 15:58

      my point exactly you choose to ignore what MissGramlinSays said in her comment, you choose to ingore and continue on with your ignorance, you believe what you are saying is the only truth to the situation and that the only way to deal with the situation is let the people die, no matter how much research you point out your comments are filled with hatred and discussed for those people, you have no compassion.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 16:04

      Take 1000 people, most of which are hungry and dying. Give them food. Soon you've got 2000 people, most of which are hungry and dying. Give them food, soon you have 4000 people, most of which are hungry and dying. I'd rather let 1000 die today and the population level out, than let 4000 die in 10 years. And you say I am without compassion? Your attitude just prolongs the problem and will cause more people to die in the long run. LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE my dear.

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:35

      Thabiso, look at the suffering in your own country first. When that is sorted out you can start looking wider. You must first learn to take care of your own before wasting money on the bottomless pitt of Africa.

      mk47 - 2011-07-31 12:55

      Johan please which african country has not been colonised?

  • Jenna - 2011-07-29 15:36

    These people desperately need birth control or zero interference from the outside world. Third world culture and 1st world medicine is a time bomb.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:45

      Very true.

      mk47 - 2011-07-31 12:56


  • lovey1984 - 2011-07-29 15:38

    I would like to help as well, please let me. Is there an account where one can deposit money or something. This is really painful. No human being must experince such suffering. Le bona they must practise safe sex and stop making.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 15:52

      You can't deposit Durex into a bank account my dear, or birth control pills.

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:37

      Just remember your own people that is suffering in this country must come first.

  • TRiP - 2011-07-29 15:48

    When WILL Africa start lifting a finger to help, when will African leaders start? Never as they are so self absorbed.. However, the west must always jump in. It's due to poor self governance. This is the 70's and 80's in replay.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 15:57

      how do you know that they are not getting aid from africa

      TRiP - 2011-07-29 16:09

      jowza, I shouldn't even waste my time in responding. How DO YOU KNOW africa is pledging support?? Since you know, please enlighten me. AU has hardly even woken up. South Africa has pledge a whole massive R1,000,000 - whooopydoo. Perhaps educate your self with the following:

      Doublepost - 2011-07-29 16:22

      Here we go jowza, just for you.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 15:57

    Doesn't take long before the over population Malthus disciples descended onto the thread. It hasn't fukcin rained in some parts of the Horn for 6 fukcin years, this has nothing to do with over population, or lack of education, or contraceptives.. This is a typically Eurocentric solution to an African problem. An individualistic, Malthusian demand for population control is hardly going to make waves in a culture where children and the extended family are of paramount importance - not just socially, but economically. (It's cheap and simplistic to blame "religion" for this, too). It also overlooks the fact that population density in eastern Africa is very low by global standards. Under normal circumstances, eastern Africa should be able to support a growing population with no difficulty. This is generally a fertile and agriculturally productive region. But these are not normal circumstances. I haven't seen such a large concerntration of stupid caucasians concerntrated in one place than on these threads. The ignorance would be shocking, were it not for the fact that racism pumps adrenalin into the brains of its victims with unusual aplomb.

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 16:06

      No rain for 6 years, yet thousands and thousands of babies and kids under 6. Logic. It must be the white man's curse.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:18

      your logic is a curse johan

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:39

      Why dint they leaders jump in? Remove the poeple out of that area and sustain them. Much more important to susidise war.

      mk47 - 2011-07-31 12:58


      cuckoo2011 - 2011-07-31 14:20

      @jowza Logic is the formal systematic study of the principles of valid inference and correct reasoning. Logic is used in most intellectual activities... Correct reasoning and intellectual activities - hmmm - it's not Johan's logic that is a curse to your kind... it's in fact REAL LOGIC!

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 15:57

    In order to prove that "overpopulation" is the problem, you need to show that the earth doesn't have the resources to provide for the current and projected populations - and that the current problems AREN'T caused by unequal distribution. I'll wait for your evidence that the earth doesn't have enough resources to provide for the current population and even one half again as big. I look forward to the solid scientific argument you're going to provide. Birth control doesn't make it rain or render the land fertile. This is probably going to go over your head now, but people do not starve because there is not enough food, but rather because they can't afford it. Ever wondered how industrialised nations get continually larger yet don't suffer food shortages? Or how famines only occur in poor countries? The world is easily able to feed its current population,but hey, if that lets you sleep at night...

      Johan Britz - 2011-07-29 16:07

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:40

      It doent make it rain. But it is more sensible.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 15:58

    Blaming famine and poverty on a supposed overpopulation crisis avoids the real issues here: political crisis and ongoing war in the Horn of Africa combined with the growing frequency of extreme climate patterns. Here is a link to an interesting (though very badly edited!) study by Flinders University in Australia, which concludes that overpopulation is not to blame for African poverty. It concludes: Although Africa has experienced high levels of population growth, the region is not overpopulated. It has here been argued that population growth is a consequence rather than a cause of underdevelopment, famine and environmental degradation. These problems are not related to how many people there are, but rather to consumption levels and resource distribution. The West, and not Africa, is then responsible for such problems, and should be held accountable, but it is exactly this accountability that neo-Malthusian tries to avoid. It tries to avoid it by blaming the weakest link, poor (black) women.

      Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:45

      Learn to take care of your country men first. Here are enough people that is suffering.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 15:58

    Have any of you Einsteins here given any thought as to why families have more children in some parts of Africa? If you knew there was good chance that several of your children would die from disease, conflict or hunger, yet you needed those same children to sustain you in your old age (in absence of state pension), would you not keep procreating too? Also, as we've seen throughout history the more stable and prosperous a country gets, the faster the birthrate falls, as people realise that they don't need to have more children as an 'insurance' policy. The population of the UK is predicted to rise from 62m to 74 million in the next 30 years (one generation). Given that they can't produce enough food to feed their population as it is now, where do you think it will come from?

  • Harambe - 2011-07-29 15:59

    Some people just do not know when to shut the f%k up. If you can't help just find something better to do, pleeeeas.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 15:59

    The irony here is that Africa's greatest benefactor cannot help because they are currently being bombed by NATO terrorists.

  • Alkie - 2011-07-29 16:04

    Jowza there is money to buy guns. And for war. Then there is money for food. Why must we supply it. Our own people in this country is suffering. Out jobs are given to out siders. So more and more of our own people are suffering. Before you give a cent there please make sure there is not sombody here that needs that money more.

      jowza - 2011-07-29 16:19

      i suppose you are giving at home to start with.i dont agree with buying arms,but if you use that logic,america is bankrupt yet they spend billions on arms

  • Tshane - 2011-07-29 16:07

    Fat cat politicians at the top kids without food and the prez says there is no problem, starting to sound like local comments

  • Renni - 2011-08-02 14:39

    In this day we have human rights,guy rights,etc but who is going to start a child's rights campaign? These people that just have children for the sake of getting grants and hand outs have no consideration for their child's rights - a right to a better living, no child wants to be born into an allready cash strapped family - what type of life would that poor child have to endure? Stand up and start a "Child's Rights" foundation & stop all this poverty & over population.

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