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.
Get informed. Get inspired. Get involved and help to motivate bold, new, transformative approaches and just, resilient, EMERGENCY RESPONSES to the climate crisis FAST.
News & Donate
- The Guardian — Famine (Compilation)
- BBC News — East Africa Hunger Crisis (Compilation)
- CBC News – East Africa Relief (Compilation)
- FEWS – Famine Early Warning Systems Network: Horn of Africa Emergency 2011
- Donate – HumanitarianCoalition.ca
Selected articles & posts
- Article – Why East Africa’s famine warning was not heeded, H. Slim, Guardian
- Report – Between 50,000 and 100,000 lives lost due to late response, Oxfam
- Article – The F Word, Bono, Huffington Post
- Article – Somalia without a #tag, Riyaad Minty, Al Jazeera
- Article – 750,000 face imminent starvation, 100s die daily, Reuters
- Article – Somalian famine could kill 750,000 in months, CBC
- Article – Global warming behind Somali drought, Julio Godoy, IPS
- Article – Somali famine kills more than 29,000 children, AP via CBC
- Article – Misery follows as Somalis try to flee hunger, J. Gettleman, NY Times
- Article – Somalia worst humanitarian disaster in world, AP via CBC
- Post – The connection between global warming and Somalia’s drought, CP
- Post – “Worst food crisis of the 21st century” driven by “worst drought in 60 years” in East Africa as climate change makes reduced rainfall a “chronic problem”, CP
- Article – East Africa drought ‘the most severe humanitarian EMERGENCY in the world, Olivia Ward, Toronto Star
- Article – Water wars: Almost half of humanity to face water scarcity by 2030, strife to ensue, Chris Arsenault, Al Jazeera via Common Dreams
- Article – The CIA’s secret sites in Somalia, Jeremy Scahill, The Nation
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