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On Wednesday, the United Nations declared a famine in Somalia. Drought has made it nearly impossible to grow food. According to CNN, “Aid workers call it the worst food crisis since a famine in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s that killed about 1 million people.”

Thousands of people, mostly children, have died from a lack of water and food. It’s estimated that 10 million people in East Africa are at risk. Governments have pledged their aid, but it’s been slow in coming, and the hope is that individuals will pick up the slack by donating to aid groups already on the ground. (I’ve written before on the importance of researching charities before donating your money.) I know times are tough for many people in America, and if you live here chances are you’re trying to stay cool in this sweltering heat wave. But you likely still have access to food and water, and you probably have a dollar or two to spare. Please consider giving to the World Food Programme, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam or UNICEF. You can also look through this list of ways to help compiled by CNN.

Americans sometimes joke about leaving food on their plates when there are children starving in Africa. Well, it’s not a joke. It’s reality.

AP: Malnutrition rates in Somalia have reached extraordinarily high levels of 50 percent for children under five.

Photo from “UN launches largest ever famine relief effort”


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