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Help save the Horn of Africa

2011-07-29 13:02

 Cape Town – Thousands of famine-hit people living in the Horn of Africa region continue to flee their homes in search of food, in a situation that has been described as dire by the United Nations.

According to reports, malnutrition is rife in Somalia’s Mogadishu and among Somali refugees who have been crossing the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia, often on foot, in their hundreds of thousands.

Parents continue to lose their children while travelling long distances to look for food and water - many have had to bury loved ones who have fallen victim to the extreme drought.

The death rate among drought-stricken Somalis arriving at refugee camps has exceeded levels seen in previous emergency situations, according to UN reports.

An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia - around a third of the population - are on the brink of starvation, and millions more in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have been struck by the worst drought in the region in decades.

Various international organisations are working tirelessly to help the situation after World powers announced their intention to donate millions of dollars to the victims.

If you would like to donate to Unicef's relief efforts, click here.


Comments
  • Pictureof - 2011-07-29 13:57

    Rather than sending them money, send them a link to wikipedia so they can read about innovations like commercial farming, dam building and schooling.

      Snowbuddy - 2011-07-29 15:26

      Give them condoms ... that should put a stop to so many problems! These people breed like rabbits, spread aids to innocent children who did not ask to be there in the first place, they die of disease etc., yet they carry on breeding. They know there is no food to feed the babies but they carry on regardless. Educate them on birth control! I don't mean to be cruel but how many of the black people in the world, help the white people? It's ALWAYS the WHITES helping the blacks! Then they go out and kill the whites ...

  • vandermerwe.martin - 2011-07-29 13:58

    Why, they do not need help from Imperialists or the wicked west....

  • Yoda Goldstein - 2011-07-29 14:40

    I feel for these people, I really do (what if it were my kids?) BUT we all helped in 1983 during the last famine, when they were starving and we sang we are the world with Michale Jackson and all those celebrities and USA for Africa jumped in etc etc. Millions in donations later and now their population has MORE THAN DOUBLED since then and they're starving again... They haven't learned a thing about sustainable living. I feel like what's the point?

  • Justin - 2011-07-29 15:43

    What I have to say is cruel and i am sure i will have to listen to the liberals cry foul, THIS IS natures way of eradicating the weak, like it or not, drought, famine, floods, earthquakes they are all the same natural catastrophes that cull the population and unfortunately MOST of the time its the poor and weak that bear the brunt. African leaders are more than happy to blow 20 million on a fancy car, 30 million for fancy holidays etc, LET them help !!! Why must the tax paying public always be made to feel guilty about starving people 1000's of kilometers away with the MOST shown picture of AFRICA " A starving Kid with fly's on his/her face" - LET mugabe, malema and the likes dig into there untold millions and donate some cash, they may even do there images a bit of good.

  • Alkie - 2011-07-29 15:57

    They have money for guns and ammunution. But not for food. Before Africa dont stop there war mongering hordes. Not a sent will I give. Let there rich leaders provide the food out of there own bank accounts. That money was stolen from the people in the first place. Just look at South Africa. The rich leaders steal themselfs rich. Party at the expense of the poor. No, it is time that African leaders start giving back the money that they have stolen from the people. But I am quit sure they will rather see there people die before giving the money back to the poeple. Or convince somebody somewhere in the west to give more that they can steal more.

  • Jet master - 2011-07-29 16:01

    Let them die. i have heard enough about poverty and hunger. stop having children you idiots. eish bass i have no food or work but i have 10 children. well maybe you should have only had 1. This people is a savage nation and it need to be delt with as if it were one. simple. We have 50 million people in SA i bet you 20 million are illegal and if we sent them back we could become a first world country very quickly.

  • Abrie - 2011-07-29 16:20

    You people are mostly correct. I for one will not donate a dime. Charity starts at home. Will our compenent Government please realize the threat of F":_()ing up good agriculture? No, I didn't think so.

  • Marcell - 2011-07-30 12:27

    If you want to safe the Horn of Africa millions have to die as it can not sustain the people. Sad but true.

  • umhlopo - 2011-07-30 13:29

    Looks like the good lord has had enough

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-31 07:36

    I AM only prepared to start helping when those fine citizenry start helping themselves instead of relying on handouts and those esteemed pirates who have become the bane of the indian ocean decide to spend their ill gotten gains on helping their fellow somalians and start being of use to society instead of being just plain old vermin that needs to be eradicated

  • riyaaz.ismail - 2011-07-31 12:13

    We realize the dire situation the horn of Africa is in currently.Can we not in some way or other get the factions in that part of the world to resolve their differences?This must be conditional if they would like any further aid or food.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-31 17:01

    Spot on, Baas-Julius. And what peeves me even more is the fact that the oil-rich Arabs next door will not lift a finger to help their fellow Muslims. Oh no - that they leave to the gullible Whites in the West - who, by the way, ought to be spending their money on having more kids of their own - not raising other people's offspring. Help the Somalis? You got to be kidding - so they can continue to pirate our ships and hold innocent Westerners hostage?

  • HardHitter - 2011-08-01 06:47

    Help!!! for what, so that they can breed more like rats. "I have no job, I have no money, I have no food... but I will still make 100 babies, breed like a rat" - an African person

      aa gone - 2011-08-01 07:15

      HOPE ONE DAY YOUR KIDS DONT STARVE TO DEATH. YOU BLOODY HEARTLESS. AS LONG AS YOU ARE HAVING YOUR DAILY MEALS SCREW THEM RIGHT. IF MISFORTUNE EVER BEFALLS YOU , THINK BACK TO THIS DAY. HARDHITTER INDEED. HOPE YOU DONT GET HIT TOO HARD SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE.

      frmashigo - 2011-08-02 12:09

      maybe we should send you to somalia to experience the famine, maybe you'll sing a different tune

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