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Update on East Africa: Drought May Spread to Rest of the World

By admin | December 20, 2011

Photo: Muzaffar Bukhari

Photo: Muzaffar Bukhari

By: Michele Wolfson

While many of us are in full holiday mode with mad-dash shopping and flamboyant partying, people who live in the Horn of Africa are lucky if they can even get a drink of water. Scientists are worried that the drought that is taking place in Africa could be the grim future across the globe.

The Horn of Africa has been enduring the worst drought in 60 years. Crop failures have left up to 10 million at risk of famine. The social order in Somalia has been outright chaotic with thousands of refugees streaming into Kenya and refusing to return. The U.N. reduced the number of people at risk of starvation and aid has been sent to hard-hit regions, but this may not be enough to prevent drought not only in this area- but also all over the world. Read More

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Update on East Africa and the Famine

By admin | November 21, 2011

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Photo: IRIN Photos

On Friday, the number of famine zones was cut in half, as U.S. and U.N. food agencies said aid had reduced death rates due to malnutrition. In spite of this good news, 250 million Somalis are facing starvation largely because military battles are preventing food deliveries. The famine in Somalia is reported to be the worst in the world as well as the worst in the Horn of Africa since the region’s 1991-92 famine.

International aid effort has been credited with helping to decrease the food shortage. The U.S. and U.N. food agencies downgraded the famine rating in three areas of Somalia to emergency status. However, there are three other areas, including the refugee communities of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, that still remain in the famine zone. Read More

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Update on East Africa: Rain, Rain, Hopefully More Rain

By admin | November 1, 2011

Photo: Internation Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Photo: Internation Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

By: Dylan Rodgers

People in the Horn of Africa at last felt the cool splash of rain.  The white noise of wet, percussive salvation drummed on the roofs of many drought-weary Africans last week.  I can imagine that the rainfall must have been almost alien, a forgotten comfort of the simplest sort.  There is water to drink and feed the dry, cracked earth.  People, animals, and plants alike now have some relief from the worst drought in over 60 years.  The big question is:  how much relief will this actually bring? Read More

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Update on East African Famine

By admin | October 10, 2011

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

Early this month, The United Nations confirmed the 6th famine zone in Somalias Bay Region. This now brings the number of Somalis struck by famine to an alarming 4 million people which accounts for more than half the country. The famine has already claimed thousands of lives between Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia. Despite relief efforts, the United Nations reports that 750,000 people are at risk of death over the next 4 months in Somalia. Read More

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A Sunday Brunch To Remember

By admin | September 23, 2011

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By Cyndi Amaya

Last Sunday, Marcus and Maya Samuelsson opened their Harlem home to a couple hundred guests all in the good name of charity. With the drought and famine in East Africa worsening, this issue has also risen in the couple’s list of priorities. So much so, that the Samuelsson’s decided to take matters into their own hands. With continued news of relief efforts not reaching refugee camps and those affected by the famine due to impasses by insurgent groups in certain regions of Somalia, Marcus and Maya wanted to make a more personal outreach for victims to ensure their donations would actually make it to the afflicted. Hence, the couple decided to host a special Sunday Brunch and invite all those interested in helping, with all proceeds going to famine victims in East Africa. The personal touch comes with Maya herself traveling to Ethiopia to deliver the donations in form of food, medicine, and vitamins to those in refugee camps in Ethiopia and along the Ethiopian/Somali border. Read More

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A Successful “Brunch for the Horn of Africa,” Thanks to Much Support

By admin | September 19, 2011

Photo: Catherine White

Photo: Catherine White

I want to say thank you for all of those who joined me yesterday in my home during “Brunch for the Horn of Africa.” Around 200 people joined my wife Maya and me yesterday as we hosted guests in our Harlem home to raise money for Ethiopian and Somali famine victims. I’m happy to say that we raised a great amount of money for this important cause and Maya can’t wait to travel to Ethiopia to deliver our relief efforts.

It was really exciting for us to host such an event and we didn’t imagine we would get as much support in putting it together as we did. Read More

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Famine Declared in Another Region of Somalia

By admin | September 6, 2011

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

While many have already forgotten about the famine in East Africa, we will continue to cover the famine in the Horn of Africa and offer ways everyone can donate to the cause. Although after many relief efforts have been increased to the area, the conditions continue to worsen in the famine-stricken region. Unfortunately, yesterday the UN has declared yet another region in Somalia to be in famine, which raises the number of affected areas to six. Read More

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Somalia’s Famine Refugees Celebrate Eid al-Fitr to Mark the End of Ramadan

By admin | September 1, 2011

Photo: Teseum

Photo: Teseum

It has been a hard fought struggle for Somalis over the past few months due to the continuous drought and current famine in the region. But this has not stopped them from celebrating the end of Ramadan this past Tuesday. As many families have fled to United Nations refugee camps on the Ethiopian-Somali border, many are counting their blessings one step at a time. Read More

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