Somalia - worst humanitarian disaster

2011-07-10 16:00

Dadaab - The head of the UN refugee agency is calling drought-ridden Somalia the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world.

Antonio Guterra appealed to the world to supply the "massive support" needed by thousands of refugees showing up at this camp every week. Guterra, the head of UNHCR, visited the massive refugee camp in northeast Kenya called Dadaab, which holds more than 380 000 refugees. The camp is overflowing with desperate Somalis who have been pounded by a crippling drought.

The drought has hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia hard. The UN estimates that 10 million people are already in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

Unicef estimates that more than 2 million children are malnourished and in need of lifesaving action.

  • Anton - 2011-07-10 16:18

    Let's see which African country will will come to the aid of these millions of Africans........ Or will it be Russia, or China ,or Venuzuela ???????? NO. it will be the same countries that have rushed food aid to starving Africans, for the last 50 years !!!!!!! The USA and ( West ) European countries !!!!!!! So, all of you with your racist views and your hatred for anything Western, start your conspiracy stories now. The West is after the sand of Somalia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-10 16:48

      Sorry pal. it will be SA, though startving themselves!!! Our tax money! Ask Mugabe with his loan from the good ol' SA taxpayer!

      jm21 - 2011-07-10 17:38

      Actually Somali refugees are trecking to Kenya to escape the famine in their country. The refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya is the largest in the world. On top of that, Uganda and Burundi soldiers form the UN and AU backed AMISOM which supports the Transistional government that's fighting Al Shabab. Whenever any country implodes, the neighbouring countries are the ones who willingly or unwillingly come to their aid. Refugees will flee to the neighbouring country, they don't have the option of getting a work permit to Australia!! So your comment is ill informed, contrary to what your saying, African countries are coming to Somalia's aid.

      Anton - 2011-07-10 18:16

      jm21, Have taken note what you say. But the fact is, that before any Somali crossed the border into Nothern Kenya, there was already a femine there amongst the Kenyans. There is a widespread food shortage in North East Africa My point is , that ultimately it will be up to America and Europe to help save these starving people.

      jm21 - 2011-07-11 07:35

      @anton. There is a famine in some parts of Kenya, not the whole country. You can rest assured supermarkets in Nairobi are not running out of food anytime soon. The issue for the Kenyan government is not feeding its people, the issue is feeding the refugees, that's why UNHCR is asking for money to help feed the refugees because the host country has enough problems of its own

      Anton - 2011-07-11 08:19

      jm21, Totally agree with you. But the point I was trying to make, is that when the UN asks for emergency aid money, it will come from the West. Have you for instance, ever heard of Angola, one of the largest oil producers in the world, sending food aid to starving Africans??? And why did the AU two weeks ago had to have their 2 day conference in a brand new 600 Million Euro, resort. If they would have spend half this amount, than their would have been 300 million euro left, ( i.e three billion rand ) to help these starving people. And Africa, could have for the first time ever, said to the West: Thank you, but this time we managed to do it on our own !!!!!!

  • Anneck - 2011-07-10 16:20

    This is a country where al Quaeda militants have their say, and is also home to piracy, is it not? If the United States could not impose law and order in that country 18 years ago, then at least let nature take it's course. Literally!

      Eric West - 2011-07-10 17:27

      I agree with you 100%! Nature has, through the ages, kept a check on the human and animal population, yet the liberal west keeps on interfering with Nature! The population of Ethiopia has trebled since the west started interfering with Nature by providing food aid. Those Somalians contribute absolutely nothing to the world. All that they are good at is to breed like flies! Fortunately, low crop yields in the USA and also Russia will result in a shortage of maize and, consequently less food aid! Can't feed them? Don't breed them!

      Anton - 2011-07-10 17:32

      Anneck, When these horrible scenes are showing on American and European TV, there is NOBODY, going to ask; Are these Muslims or Christians ?? Are they pro West, or anti West ?? Are they militants or members of the boy scouts ?? NO, it won't make the slightest difference to anyone, if they are watching a 80 year old man starving, or a mother who has no longer got the strength to breast feed her baby, or a 10 year old child, just staring into space. NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL They will dip (deep) into their pockets, and send the cash to a charity, which will see this money will buy food and get it there where it is needed most. And THAT will save lives LITERALLY !!!!!!!!

      Cazzo - 2011-07-10 17:33

      Anneck, unfortunately the issue of piracy in Somalia is a lot more complicated than you make out. Its not so easy to determine who is the victim and the villain, as always, the situation is a lot more complex. After the collapse of the Siyad Barre regime, illegal fishing trawlers, backed by the 'West'rushed to Somali shores, depleting fishing stocks and threatening the livelihoods of Somalis living on the shorelines - which was already crowded due to a drought. Those militants were not always that, many were fishermen turned militant because of this trawling ( and waste dumping). Anyway, since when did the actions of a regime become the fault of the people ruled by corrupt leaders or despotic regimes?

  • Anneck - 2011-07-10 16:43

    To anyone who dislikes my previous comment, although nobody likes to see a country suffer nature's fury, we must take into account that this is a country run by militants; people who who have kidnapped and murdered the very people who come to Somalia to provide them with food and medicine. Now a severe drought grips the country, and now suddenly the militant government is crying out for help????? I am sorry, people. But I must stand by my views.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-10 16:49


      Macho Mike - 2011-07-10 16:52

      The circle of life............

      jm21 - 2011-07-10 17:46

      Get your facts straight. Its the Somali Transitional Federal government which is the duly elected government, that's asked for help. The government is fighting Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda linked nutcases who have control of about half the country. There being helped by AMISOM, which is a UN/AU mandated peacekeeping force made up of Uganda and Burundi soldiers.

      daaivark - 2011-07-15 07:34

      So we must spite the militants by starving the people. Very nice. Shame on you.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-10 16:46

    Eish Mr Malema, dig deeeeeeppppp into your pockets boet, to help out your fellow African Brothers. I'm sure you will NOT be calling on the Imperalistic USA / UK for Aid now, would you? After all last week you said the USA / UK were trouble makers in Africa, and surely we can't have troublemakers donating food, aid etc. So come on Zuma, Malema, Uncle Bob, Gadaffi and all you African Leaders, haal uit en wuis.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-10 17:04

      No no Macho, they are bloodthirsty imperialists who know nothing about "bush" politics!

  • Dirtyharry - 2011-07-10 16:49

    Maybe if they stop breeding their will be food for everybody.

      daaivark - 2011-07-15 07:35

      Don't be such an ass.

  • Jeffery - 2011-07-10 16:53

    Another bread basket case, the same people nl the west USA and EU countries will send aid after aid has been send they will be the ones who get blamed fore Somalias short commings they will expect the USA. EU and the government to do everything for them. It goes like this: the state must provide, EU and the US does not do enougth to help poor countries. After the aid has been given it is the evil emperialists fault.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-10 17:06

      Called chess! Not woodwork!

  • Ross - 2011-07-11 06:55

    And the wonderfull AU is dead quiet on this one. They rather poke their noses into Gaza and Libya North of the Sahara Desert.

  • Charlene Pretorius - 2011-07-11 15:02

    This is bad, but what I cannot understand is that half of these ppl didnt have jobs and stuff in the first place why does every woman have a baby on her hip. Come on ppl if you cant feed yourself how are you going to feed a child. This eludes me honestly I cannot understand it. These irresponsible ppl are putting these poor children though hell on earth. Stop making kids before you can care for them!!!! I honestly think that if these people would stop having so many kids that they will be able to atleast stabalise the bit that the baron country has left

      Laurie - 2011-07-12 19:55

      Sterilize the male population. The average African woman has 14 children in her lifetime, and most are born as a result of rape.

      Ross - 2011-07-13 15:20

      Many African women are so disempowered that if mister says lie down and spread your legs she does it for fear of getting "bliksem'd". Thereafter he vanishes and tackles the next victim. Now you know why every second woman "abba's" a baby.

      Anton - 2011-07-15 06:56

      Laurie, Yes, and I am just flying to Cape Town , in my private jet, to have a cup off coffee !!!!!!!

  • rswedlake - 2011-07-13 14:40


      daaivark - 2011-07-13 14:56

      Ja sure, that will really help all the people living there now, you insensitive idiot.

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