WASHINGTON POST: NAIROBI — Famine in parts of southern Somalia has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly children, the United Nations said Wednesday in an official declaration of what aid officials describe as the worst humanitarian crisis in the troubled country in two decades.
The famine declaration comes months after U.N. and other aid agencies began sounding the alarm about a devastating drought in the Horn of Africa, where an estimated 10 million people need help. The crisis has been aggravated by civil strife, the lowest rainfall rates in half a century and sharp increases in food prices.
“Somalia is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years,” Mark Bowden, the top U.N. official in charge of humanitarian aid to the country, told reporters, adding that $300 million is needed within two months to help alleviate the crisis...."
MAJIA HERE: WE CAN SPEND TRILLIONS ON WAR AND ON BANK BAILOUTS BUT WE CANNOT COME UP WITH A MERE $300 MILLION TO SAVE LIVES IN AFRICA
There are many interested parties who seek to benefit from chaos in Africa because it facilitates land and resource grabs...