In what is reportedly the worst drought in more than half a century in the Horn of Africa, thousands of people are fleeing lawless Somalia for refugee camps in Kenya hoping to find relief. That’s the simplest way of putting it but, in reality, the situation is much more heartbreaking.
The al-Shahab terrorist group that controls southern Somalia has forbidden foreign aid organizations from coming into the area to help. Many of the suffering are unable to leave the area and those who are able often must bury their children along the way as they succumb to hunger, thirst, and exposure. The camps they’re seeking are already filled to over three or four times capacity and rations are distributed only twice a month. Of the aid sought by the U.N. World Food Programme, barely half has been provided.
With such a massive tragedy underway, you would think more people would be rushing to help. In fact, it’s not particularly surprising more people don’t know about. Today, for example, the American media was more concerned with a presidential election that’s more than a year away and a ridiculous debt-limit fight.
If you’d like to learn more about what’s going on, I recommend checking out al-Jazeera’s coverage. You’ll get far more information there than you will in American media.
If you’d like to help, here’s how you can: