Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times in Dadaab, Kenya, and Shannon Scribner, humanitarian policy director at Oxfam America, discuss the famine in Somalia and the growing humanitarian crisis in East Africa.
In Africa, the responsibility for building transportation infrastructure, health care, education, job creation, fighting poverty, conflict resolution should be with Africans. I'd don't know how the world is not tired with us yet [except if they get off on useless paternalism] and say you're 50 years old, far from being a teenager, grow up & learn to be independent, responsible & adult. Cause right now, Africans are infantile, shameless beggars. DAMNED annoying!
From what I heard the "islamic radicals"did not throw the ngo's out but they withdrew because they refused to meet the requirements imposed onthem;taxes and no women[or was it women modestly dressed?] That to prove a point about womens rights or refusal to pay taxes to an empoverished population [so desperate they resort to open sea piracy],means we rather see children slowly strave to death thenrelinquish our "principles." makes us morally bankrupt. When noble "principles"[or arrogance] results in millions on the verge of starvation,how can you say you value innocent human life?Of course you just throw out the words terrorist,or alquada ,or islamists to exonerate yourselves from complcity in mass starvation for political reasons.Stalin anyone?North korea? We're no different if now people starve cause we won't do business with people who in their own homelands place conditions on US.Didn't God tell them only we are the ones allowed to place conditions on others?Just throw out a false narrative; they threw you out,when the reality is you chose to leave rather then comply with "those" people and now you hide your complicity behind those"evil' muslims.
Why doesn't the U.S. (&/or U.N.) flyover southern Sudan and air drop 10's or 100's of thousands of smallpackages with food and other refugeeessentials over the area where therefugees are walking (with smallparachutes to take them safely tothe ground).
This would allow the refugees to pick themup and be fed. Since it's decentralized, most of the packages will make it directlyto the refugees - instead of being seized and resold by thugs.
This doesn't require permission from thelocal "governing" warlords, and doesn't putour NGO aid workers at personal risk.Planes engaging in air drops would be outof range, and have fighter escorts in case any local inhumane and corrupt warlords decided to try to shoot at them.
This would be a fast and safe way to get immediate essential aid to the refugeeswho are still in South Sudan - who are ontheir way to the refugee camps.
Why hasn't there been a more streamlined and publicized fundraising effort as we saw with the Haiti earhquake and the ability to donate via text and mobile phone? I had to go a bit of research to find out how to make a donation.
So america is willing to watch men women and children slowly starve to death because we have a problem with muslims? Then we have become a genocidal people and those"terrorists" are correct that we are at war with islam [and muslims].For america to not intervene in a famine makes us complicit and a terrorist nation ourselves.What hypocrites to then point our fingers at any one else for their barbarity or human rights abuses! Unbelievable that we can be this cruel and depraved that we can watch those children starving!
Since the US is withdrawing humanitarian aid, why can't individuals donate to help the victims of this crisis. Couldn't the NYT run a full-page ad in their Wednesday DINING & FOOD section to solicit donations to Oxfam? Why can't every daily in every major city in the US run a full-page ad top raise awareness and solicit donations for Oxfam and other non-governmental organizations to bring humanitarian aid and food to East Africa? Action not argument is what's needed, now.
Elizabeth, why not take that one step further: what about the hundreds of species on the verge of extinction. This world is a single biological entity, where every component hinges on every other component. Why not sacrifice some of the gluttons of the First world, so that children and wildlife may survive in the Third.
I agree on the all radicals are to blame. But, here you have a real time instance of a group intentionally allowing people to starve. Food as a weapon is not new to Africa. This is a shame and how anyone can blame the US, for these basket case countries is amazing.
John instead if placing blame on such a complex issue, let us ask "what can we do from here and how can we help?" So many dieing... So sad.
First of all, John from Office, all religious radicals are worthy of condemnation, all of them.
Second, Brian, tell Shannon that it debunks her credibility when she pronounces "especially" as "expecially".
Just curious.....there seems to be so much passion for "pro life" when it comes to protecting lives of fetuses. Where is that same passion, (and funding), for the children who are already born and who are dying from starvation?
This segment further proves that the Islamic Radicals are just a death cult. It is a shame.
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