Somalia: Millions threatened right now by climate change-induced chronic drought; Most severe humanitarian emergency / climate crime in the world

A young girl stands amid the freshly made graves of 70 children many of whom died of malnutrition. Dadaab refugee camp.

Maplecroft

Original post: July 14, 2011.  Updated: May 5, 2013

Where Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya meet, 12 MILLION people are affected by a climate change / fossil fuel emissions-induced chronic drought.  This figure will soon rise to 15 MILLION.  The UN has declared an official state of famine in several regions and revealed that TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED over the last few months.  Hundreds die each day, 500,000 children are at risk of starvation and more than 29,000 under the age of 5 have died over the last 90 days!

Poorest of the poor. Most vulnerable of the vulnerable.  Thousands migrate per week. Some have walked for 35 days across parched landscape in extreme heat with little water or food, mourning their dead children, giving birth, or dying enroute to the wolrd’s biggest, overloaded, 460,000+ Kenyan refugee camp, Dadaab.

RIGHT NOW, our shared atmosphere is on an accelerating course to reach a state of potentially unsurvivable, runaway climate extremes during the lives of today’s children. Only EMERGENCY international action at EMERGENCY speed *may be* proportional enough to confront the scale, scope and urgency of what is already the greatest crime against humanity, most life and most future life EVER.

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