Africa drought: Tutu appeals for aid

2011-07-22 10:13

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has appealed to the international community to take action to alleviate the suffering in Somalia and other drought-stricken African countries.

A burgeoning humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa was threatening to evolve into a massive disaster, he said in a statement on Thursday.

"Between nine and 11 million people in the region are presently said to need humanitarian assistance due to a crippling drought - exacerbated by high food and fuel prices, and regional conflicts."

Tutu said the United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia this week

"Malnutrition is rife in Mogadishu, across a swathe of central and northern Somalia, and among Somali refugees who have been crossing the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia, often on foot, in their hundreds of thousands."

Up to half a million children were reportedly at risk of dying from hunger and disease.

Kenya and Ethiopia were experiencing what could be their driest year in 60 years.

"I wish to appeal to the international community, and in particular to the richer countries who have responded so generously to humanitarian crises in the past: Please remember Africa!" said Tutu.

He asked for the help of international agencies, NGOs, governments and individuals.

"And to the nations of Africa: Let us not stand back! Let us form the vanguard of care for our brothers, sisters, children and parents who are in such dire distress.

"May we all hold the people of the Horn of Africa, and the dedicated and compassionate people who are already involved in relief efforts in the region, in our thoughts and prayers," he said.

  • Nicolas De Klerk - 2011-07-22 10:19

    Now the imperialists and colonialists are good enough for Africa!

      grant9 - 2011-07-22 10:54

      Bring out the johnny Walker Blue. AU leaders are going to discuss the problem. Time for Zuma to travel to New york to address the UN.

      Liberty - 2011-07-22 10:58

      Ask our corrupt government officials to put their stolen loot to good use for a change. Cummon Desmond, you have their phone numbers and it's a local call. When it's time to bring out the begging bowl they always know where to find the imperialists.

      Eric West - 2011-07-22 11:52

      How much have the rich Muslim countries, like Saudi, contributed? NOTHING! I say, stop interfering with Mother Nature. She is doing a good job at culling the human and animal population in the past, but now the bleeding heart liberals are putting a spanner in the works by feeding these people. Look at the photos and video. All you see are women, each with half a dozen kids!

      Eric West - 2011-07-22 11:53

      Sorry. Should read: She has done a good job ...

      farmworker - 2011-07-22 12:12

      @De Klerk if you have seen photos of the starving Somalian children, you would be retracting your statement I mean only if you are human enough. South African is a well developed country and despite all the problems and racial division in the country, I am certain those Somalians will be so happy if they were living here with those entire problem we have. It is very important for us to know when and how to deal with issues separately.

      Grayman - 2011-07-22 14:38

      @Farmworker: This is the same Somalia that suffered a terrible drought in the 80's. Bob Geldof earned a knighthood in his gallant efforts to raise funds to pour into the country. Many babies lives were saved. Nothing was done about averting a similar situation in a similar drought. That drought has come and now all those babies that were saved are now 20 something and they have many kids of their own. This is the same country that is holding the world to ransom with piracy on the high seas. It's a hard line approach, but if Geldof and his mates not helped out maybe there would be less suffering now!

      farmworker - 2011-07-22 16:13

      @Grayman well I really don't know that much about that specif history, but their story and pictures published here on news24 they really touches me. I mean I would not even watch my worse enemy starve like that.

  • mike - 2011-07-22 10:23

    always on the bum

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-22 10:24

    God bless the Somalians.

  • gizzy - 2011-07-22 10:24

    To the richer countries? Ummmm.. there are many rich countries in Africa. Why do I say that? Well, because most of the ruling elite have millions and millions of dollars in overseas accounts, they drive top of the range luxury cars, they own one or more mansion. Even our juju who is only the leader of the ancyl has enough money to build a R16 million house and he gets paid by the super rich anc. So, forget about the begging bowls and don't expect those awful colonialists to bail Africa out again. Oh! and by the way, any food aid must be laced with birth control to stop the breeding that is the main cause of Africa's starvation. Brutal but true!!!

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 11:48

      Yes Africa's ruling elite have millions of dollars and drive the latest models of cars. I have nothing against the rich but when the wealth is made on the back of the poor from corruption and looting; my stomach turns.

  • fotre - 2011-07-22 10:27

    Why, find an african solution to this african problem, that's what you always say. The international community is only good enough when you need help. How many commentators on these forums always ask that the west stay out of our problems!

      JT4 - 2011-07-22 10:59

      the african solution = "i want, give me"

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 12:27

      @Forte If the truth be said and it must; it is the corrupt ruling elite who talk of African solution to African problem because they do not want their corrupt and repressive practises discussed. The poor and the millions starving in the horn of Africa have never said a word – they are the voiceless masses. If those of us who can help the millions who are totally helpless and in desperate need of help fail to do so then we would have let all of them down. To punish the starving millions just to get at the ruling elite is totally illogical; they are the silent victims of the corrupt ruling elite and we are punishing them for that!

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-22 12:49

      These people are among the poorest of the poor, the ''losers'' in the great global free market consumerist dream, the ones who got the nightmare end of it, they didn't make the politics, either national or international, that left them in this hellish situation, they didn't get the options, but still their lives and deaths are dismissed as an unfortunate irrelevance by the heartless bastards in this thread. I can only barely imagine how unspeakably soul-destroying it must be to be without water, food, shelter, to watch your kids dying, and to know that all you have to protect them from wild animals is a stick. Quite frankly, there's a sizable number of bigots who hanker after harm to Africans (as you'll see if you look through this thread, and others). It's fun---at any rate, it passes the time---to see if I can show that their reasons for doing so are false.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 18:34

      @Kunta Kinte Thanks for speaking for the voiceless who are being made victims twice over!

  • Jacob - 2011-07-22 10:42

    I do not understand TUTU. He wants to eradicate Israel by instigating law suits, but then begs for help. We have enough food in Africa, we need to distribute it fairly. Ask Julius Malema for a contribution

  • VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 10:44

    Out comes the begging bowl again hey Desmond?. We want, we demand! But when the soft brown stuff hits the fan then the oppressive colonialists must give, give, give.

      BM123 - 2011-07-22 12:09

      Read only what you want to hey Velocity? Tutu also says "And to the nations of Africa: Let us not stand back! Let us form the vanguard of care for our brothers, sisters, children and parents who are in such dire distress." But you couldn't read as far as that?

  • St Shooter - 2011-07-22 10:46

    Year in and year out year after year the same countries have the same problems but never do anything in planning ahead or to stop breeding like flies, and then all of a sudden it becomes someone else's problem because they are to stupid to work out the facts of life, and they never will as long as others do the working out for them, there's no remedy for stupidity ...

      Eric West - 2011-07-22 11:55

      The only thing those feckers are good at, is producing millions of offspring! They contribute nothing to the rest of the world. Parasites! Can't feed them? Don't breed them!!

  • Peaceful - 2011-07-22 10:49

    This is a story of human suffering-there are babies dying!!What is the matter with all of you?

      mike - 2011-07-22 11:00

      if they cant look after their offspring then they shouldnt have any - simple

      Mike - 2011-07-22 11:00

      If they stopped breading for a while then it would come right, these people still live in the stone age, 1 food parcel one operation. block off there borders and lit them sort their own mess out , they hate the white man but are quick to ask for handouts. @ Peaceful there is nothing wrong with us we are just being realistic

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-22 11:01

      Nobody will argue with you , but filling their guts with food has only one result..............they make more hungry mouths then next year the problem is worse than the year before.It is a never ending cycle of hopelessness.No education = no forward thinking

      BM123 - 2011-07-22 12:12

      Agree Peaceful. I can't believe the level of hate, intolerance and spite that is spewn forth here. But I can believe how apartheid flourished under the parents of these people.

      onetickie - 2011-07-22 12:17

      @Peaceful: thats precisely why the country is in chaos. Overbreeding - FACT! If they got off their ......... and put their energy into building, preserving what they were handed back (might I remind you in every instance they got amazingly well run, rich countries) they wouldn't be in this mess. Had they had foresight, built dams, preserved flora/fauna, they would not be in as critical as situation. Trees bring rain, remember??

      onetickie - 2011-07-22 12:18

      PS: This is where the China policy of ONE CHILD makes sense.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 13:10

      @Mike and Captainmorgan You do not kick someone when they are already in the gutter! The starving millions need help now and not a lecture on good governance. Yes we must remind them about ending corruption but not now.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-22 15:07

      But you see 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. Worldwide birthrates have fallen precipitously over the past 50 years, both in the developed and developing worlds - I'm stunned that some people think that "overpopulation" is the problem - poor distribution, war, climate change, natural disasters, corruption, chronic underfunding of education and health resources (through unequal distribution of resources) yes - but overpopulation???? How about moving your thinking into the twenty-first century - have you looked at the actual data? Famine alone is not evidence of overpopulation: the root cause of famine is resource instability not overpopulation (of course population can effect resource stability but it is not the only important factor - consider for instance that Europe used to regularly have famines itself when its population was considerably lower than today's population). I've never encountered stupid caucasians as ones found on this thread.

      Peaceful - 2011-07-22 16:46

      How easy it is to speak from a position of relative wealth and comfort.@Mike, I'm sorry but I don't agree with you. These comments are bordering or have crossed the line to sadism. Realism is what these people feel when they watch their children and parents starve to death. Please, what have we become as humans?

  • P!NK - 2011-07-22 10:55

    In our prayer is where they should stay... nothing more, nothing less. I agree with St Shooter (We can barely help ourselves, now we should provide relief to other people??) If I'm not mistaken there are many people in need of things tight here, charity starts at home!!!

      P!NK - 2011-07-22 10:56

      oops, right here

  • ppretorius - 2011-07-22 11:12

    F@K Somalia, the White's money is always good enough for dark Afrika! Why can't these african's ancestors not do a raindance or something ridiculous like that, cause they believe in that crap anyways....

      BM123 - 2011-07-22 13:55


  • Ross - 2011-07-22 11:14

    I hope the Bishop addresses the Dictators comprising the African Union.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 13:17

      Ross credit where credit is due, Archbishop Tutu is one of the few African leaders who have criticised African readers whenever he felt they were doing something wrong. Mugabe has called the Archbishop all sorts of names for his pain!

  • Anton - 2011-07-22 11:19

    There are plenty stories to show our political alliances. But I don't believe this is the place and time to do so. This is a human catastrophe, like the recent earth quake in Haiti , and more recent the earth quake in New Zealand. I can't recall, that we added to their suffering, to get poitical millage out of this natural disaster, or that we found it necersarily to insult these people. EITHER YOU GIVE OR YOU SHUT UP !!!!!

      buzz - 2011-07-22 11:26

      I'll combine your options and give up

      gizzy - 2011-07-22 11:39

      Did New Zealand hand out the begging bowl??????

      Lee - 2011-07-22 11:46

      It's also an African Problem....So come on ANC lets help out.

      Anton - 2011-07-22 11:52

      Gizzy, YES New Zealand did ask for help , and rescue teams from all over the world came to their assistance.

      mike - 2011-07-22 12:03

      who the hell are you to order anyone to shut up

      VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 12:08

      Yes, NZ did ask for help and it came to them from all over the world. Right now the ppl of NZ are mopping up, re-building and improving their own lot. Next year this time they will stand on their own again and their cities will look and work even better than before the disaster. In Somalia (and the rest of Africa) they sit and wait, the have been waiting for decades for something to happen. The sit so long and so quietly with their hands stuck out in front of them that the flies eventually lie eggs in their eyes. They will sit there until they die unless a Good Samaritan comes around and places a piece of food in their outstretched hands.

      Anton - 2011-07-22 13:28

      VELOCITY, Christchurch is built on a very dangerous spot, and God forbid, but it is very possible the same will happen next year again. And than again the world will rush to their assistance. And when you post a comment, be sure of your facts !!!! Many of these starving people in North Africa, have NEVER known hunger !!!!!!!! This is the worst disaster in SIXTY YEARS !!!!!!! I believe there is something else going on here, it start with a ,r,

      Vernon - 2011-07-22 13:43

      Ask dem pirates.They make a hek of a lot money, dude.

  • Ho - 2011-07-22 11:23

    One assumes that the Bishop has also approached the Lee Daz of all the rich african countries...Zimbabwe (mugabe is a billionaire) South Africa (Ramaphosa, Sexwale, Malema, Motsepe etc. etc.) Angola (massive diamond reserves) Swaziland (the king is a multi-millionaire) Nigeria (massive oil deposits) ....the list is endless...or is it just Whitey that must pay Bish..?

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-22 11:34

    Ask those rich Arab Muslim countries in the Gulf to help their Muslim brothers and sisters. White countries shouldn't have to cough up for them anymore. Why is it always the Whites they ask for help from? WHY? And then they are denounced as "imperialists" and "colonialists" once their bellies are full again. Bastar&s.

      onetickie - 2011-07-22 12:22

      You are so right. There are thousands of whites out there who have had enough of the criticism spewing from mouths whilst hands outstretched at same time begging.

  • Anonymus - 2011-07-22 11:38

    why dont your black brothers help with aid?? the begging bowl is out and needing the imperialists money now!!!

  • dare.myburgh - 2011-07-22 11:40

    Tutu why dont you ask Malema and the ANCorrupt since they are draining this country with there so called power lies and bad service.

  • W Mukori - 2011-07-22 11:40

    This is a tragedy and all hands to the wheel and help push. Every life is worth saving. Remember, but for the grace of God, it could easily have been you! After this is over and the hungry have been fed and returned to their homes. We in Africa need to seriously look at the question of why Africa got it so wrong – it is potentially one of the riches continents in the world and yet its people remain the poorest. This time we must not wait until the next civil war, drought, tyrant, etc. emerge and millions of lives are on the line to ask why this is so?

      gizzy - 2011-07-22 11:50

      Why is it so? Because Africans are good at turning a blind eye to their dictators who plunder their countries dry. Why even our leaders are contemplating taking farms off our farmers. Another disaster waiting to happen!!!!

      Anton - 2011-07-22 11:54

      W Mukori, Not only do you have a kul brain, but your heart is in the right place !!!!

      ProudofPink - 2011-07-22 12:10

      The answer to your question is simple: IQ.

      onetickie - 2011-07-22 12:24

      Help them live longer to breed more and more? I DON'T THINK SO.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 19:04

      @Gizzy We have to agree on one thing: the millions who are starving DID NOT turn a blind eye to their dictators. The dictators have denied them a voice in the governance of the country and the right to life itself. Why is it so difficult for you to understand that simple fact. I agree with you it is becoming increasingly likely that all white owned farms will be seized by the country's ruling elite just as happened in Zimbabwe. If it happened - hope it never come to pass - many South Africans will too face starvation. It may be not so ease to stop the madness of a tyrannical regime. Will it be ok for the rest of the world then to do nothing?

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 19:17

      @ProudofPink Yes Africa has more than its fair share of tyrants but other continents have had tyrants too. Africa has had some outstanding leaders too. So your claim that IQ has anything to do with Africa's problem is nonsense.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 19:44

      @Onetickie No one will ever force you to pay a single penny to feed the starving millions in East Africa. But for you to even suggest letting people starve as a way of controlling the population is a racist thing to say. This is the kind of remark that inflames the black racists seeking to target whites and divide the nation for their own selfish gain the excuse to be racists. SA paid a heavy price after years of white racism. The last thing the nation needs is open a new chapter of black racism fueled by white racism!

  • spd123 - 2011-07-22 11:49

    In the last 2 weeks here in "Colonial Britain" the hated and despised English people have donated £30/ R300 million rand to this disaster!!! I dont see any African country assisting their brothers in need!!!

      Smaal - 2011-07-22 12:13

      It boggles the mind! Then they go on strike and it is these fat Africans hopping up and down in the street while burning flat screen TV boxes and in the background you can see satellite dishes on the houses of these so called aggrieved underprivileged peoples. Once again I have something in my hands that clearly demonstrate that the African will never have enough. He will steal, bribe and corrupt every day of the week without any concern to his fellow man. He will never stop until there is nothing left and even then he simply doesn’t give a damn about anything but himself. Disgusting!

      Jeff - 2011-08-12 11:02

      No but ALL white people are RACIST!!!! until they handout money

  • onetickie - 2011-07-22 12:10

    AFRICA, THE BEGGING BASKET OF THE WORLD. They grabbed colonial freedom readily with greedy hands. And what did they do with their Africa? NOTHING. Now they turning to those same colonial powers they've loathed and in many cases murdered. Sadly unfortunate for those young innocents but I've become hardened to their eternal begging, begging, begging. They are not capable of running countries so why not admit it and go into partnership with people who can. Mindless mentality: take, break, don't get off their backsides until such disasters then come running to the Western/Colonial worlds for handouts. I DON'T THINK SO!

  • European - 2011-07-22 12:12

    F..k Tutu and the rest of Africa, natural selection is what is happening here, if you cant feed yourself die. Europe looked after itself for centuries and taught itself how to survive and become the nations they are today, no handouts there. Africans are what they are, beggars and bottom feeders. the time has come to look after our own and let Africa rot!! Africa must start to learn to survive without the west's aid, and if a few million die by it so be it, it's a natural cycle...

      Smaal - 2011-07-22 12:25

      Yeah and in the last few years you poor sods let half of Africa into your backyards. A decision you will rue one day.

      Anton - 2011-07-22 17:51

      European, ,,F..k Tutu and the rest of Africa,,................!! Well, many have said so, the 100 Billion Rand spend on the 2010 SWC, was a total waste of money. Was one of the main aims of this event, not meant to show the world, that we were decent people , and that we could built Billion Rand stadiums, on time !, and get tens of thousands of soccer fans, in time to their matches, and that we would welcome anyone, from anywhere in the world ??? And now we show, that we don't give a damn, if tens of thousands of Africans die, on our continent. And we are not willing, to send a plane load of food to these starving people ????? Anyone outside of South Africa, reading most of these comments, would be pretty disgusted

  • edd - 2011-07-22 12:38

    Why appeal for aid archbishop? I thought you are a man of god? Why not pray or do both of us know what the result will be if you do pray? BTW your qoute: "May we all hold the people of the Horn of Africa, and the dedicated and compassionate people who are already involved in relief efforts in the region, in our thoughts and prayers," he said. Sorry but the poachers and the hookers are already in control of the horns

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-22 12:41

    First and foremost, when declaring loudly and angrily that the article is really just illustrating some kind of natural, inevitable consequences of incompetence, 'over-population', please try to remember the subjects of this piece your dismissing so blithely are actually human beings. The ignorance about Africa shown by some of these so-called commenters would be shocking, were it not for the fact that racism pumps adrenalin into the brains of its victims with unusual aplomb.

      Smaal - 2011-07-22 12:57

      Sometimes I read the definition of “hu-man be-ing” just to remind myself what it supposed to be but just sometimes based on what I know, what I’ve seen, what I’ve read and what I’ve experienced.... sometimes wonder. Humans - known taxonomically as Homo sapiens. Latin: "wise man" or "knowing man".

  • Existing - 2011-07-22 12:54

    "No one ever gave me anything" NONSENSE 400 Years of white supremacy set your life up and screwed up the lives of billions of people of colour all over the world. What happens in one generation effects the next and the next and the next... generation! You don't seem to get that. If my father was held down, I will be at a major disadvantage. If my forefathers had help from the formal system of white supremacy, I will be at a major advantage. All white people have benefited from an unjust system.

  • Existing - 2011-07-22 12:56

    White people have a problem with the word overprivileged. It draws attention to the fact that there's a flip side of oppression. We tend to talk about the people on the bottom of the food chain ("underprivileged" black people) without paying any attention to those at the top. They are at the top because of racial oppression and subordination. If the word "overprivileged" existed, people would be wise to the fact that justice needs to take place and drastic steps need to be taken to achieve racial equity and justice.

  • Existing - 2011-07-22 12:56

    Here’s the problem (not for the white man though) with the word “underprivileged”: It's PASSIVE. The black people at the bottom of the economic food chain are the OPRESSSED. They are down there because of oppression. This is why the term "less fortunate" infuriates me. It simply disregards the history of racial subordination and oppression and says that we are "unlucky. It removes the context

  • TheBestMan - 2011-07-22 14:24

    And there i was thinking this old fart had promised to stay away from the public domain.

  • Gordon49 - 2011-07-22 14:52

    To BMW123 - Yes, you did read the whole article. However, let us see where the aid actually comes from. Tutu pays lip service asking Black nations to feed their brothers, sister etc etc. People have to have ccompassion to do that, so it is not applicable to Sub-Saharan Africa as history shows.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-22 16:31

    There's a saying in this country Mr Tutu: "The white men has no kin, his kin is money" Pretty summed up by the majority of posts above.

      DeonL - 2011-07-22 16:46

      I see the AU countries are also not queing to help. Maybe they are also selfish.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-22 22:49

      The number of comments from the white racists and the heartlessness expressed is truly disappointing to say the least. Leaders like Nelson Mandela who have tried hard to build a nation free of racism black or white and hate would be heart broken if he was to read these comments. This white racism may be in response to black racism, no doubt that the black racist would say they are responding to white racism. What really matters now is that if this madness is not stopped now it may be too late.

      Anton - 2011-07-23 02:33

      W.Mukori, It is great to see comments on these sites, that are balanced and well thought through, and without racist and extreme sentiments, may it be from whites or blacks Keep it up

  • Jeff - 2011-08-12 11:00

    I hope the west give's them nohting!!! useless things, the so quick to blame west for everything, then when they want handouts they just expect!! Africa get up off your ASS and do something

  • fconnection - 2011-08-14 06:55

    . Always asking for handouts yet very fast to critzise and condemn the people who are willing to help . Nice going Desmund starting to lose all respect for you .

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