Somalia: hunger kills again. The famine requires immediate humanitarian aid, but the tragedy could have been prevented

Somalia: hunger kills again. The famine requires immediate humanitarian aid, but the tragedy could have been prevented

The FAO has called an emergency meeting, on July 25, to decide how and what food aid to provide in the Horn of Africa plagued by a tragic famine: an escalation of infant deaths in Somalia and 3.7 millionof human beings forced to starve.

Ministers and senior officials from the 191 member states are expected to attend the summit , as well as representatives of UN agencies, NGOs and regional development banks. The summit was called on a proposal from France, which currently chairs the G20.

This food crisis too could have been foreseen and prevented . The same UN special rapporteur for the right to food Olivier De Schutterlast month he indicated the measures to be taken to the G20-agriculture ministers, but nothing concrete was done (see ). Once again, governments begin to deal with the emergency only after its explosion, when the data of the massacre no longer allow it to be ignored.

Oxfam has already blamed Western governments for ignoring the obvious signs of the African crisis now underway, rather than making available the 800 million dollars that would have allowed it to be mitigated in the bud.

The situation in Somalia is catastrophic . Explains food security expert Patrick Webb of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. “This represents the catastrophic failure of all the systems that the people rely on to survive”: the drought has dried up their crops and killed their livestock, there is nothing left.

Meanwhile, the crisis is spreading throughout the Horn of Africa towards Kenya and Ethiopia where at least 135,000 Somali citizens have already flocked between January and July in search of food, and 3,000 are now migrating there every day. Over 11 million human beings are at risk of dying from hunger, others from malnutrition and degradation.

Meanwhile, in Ethiopia the  Asian and Persian Gulf neocolonialists produce food and biofuels for export , on millions of hectares of land stolen from local populations with the complicity of a dictatorial regime  .

We can do something too as we are preparing for the holidays. A donation to one of the many NGOs already involved in the field is enough. Among these Agire Italian Agency for Emergency Response ), which collects the funds of 12 NGOs present in Italy to help the populations affected by the most serious humanitarian emergencies, including Amref, Save the children, Action Aid (www.agire .it)

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