Helping Somalia

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Let me finish tonight with a part of the world that is having a truly horrible time.

Right now the region of Somalia - you can’t truly call it a country - is experiencing one East Africa’s worst droughts of modern times. The fact that there is no real national government - hasn’t been in a generation - adds to the desperate situation. The area of worst drought in under the control of forces loyal to al-Qaida makes it a triple whammy of devastation.

Anyway, the U.S. government - has just declared that no one will be punished for helping bring to the starving in Somalia will face trouble for helping, indirectly, to help terrorists.

The situation is that bad - bad enough that we can see past the terrorist loyalties of the insurgents running the famine area to the people suffering miserably from it.

We’re talking millions of people - over three million of our fellow humans - suffering the loss of food, of medicine and what’s necessary to sustain life. The pictures tell the story - young kids - starved to the bone, their mothers watching it, living with the withering death of their children.

Maybe this is the future of this planet - for millions more. I sometimes wonder if what we’re watching is the un-ending, predatory growth of desert in Saharan African - with more and more people trying to find a life on less and less farmable land. But, for now, the problem, is before us - the need to keep people from starving to death - children in their mother’s arms.

If you want to help, the best agency to get a contribution to is USAID.

I think what makes America great is that are, even in relative tough times, the world’s generous country.

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Helping Somalia

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