July 20, 2011, Somalia]----We have our problems loming like an ever quickening, oncoming avalanche here in the United States but let's look outward for a minute. There is a dire crisis currently crippling in Africa.
Approximately 11 million people may die from famine in Somalia with half a million being helpless children.
The drought wreaking havoc on the East African country is reportedly the worst in 60 years and millions of Somalians are fleeing their war-torn homeland seeking help in neighboring Kenya.
But experts say the drought is not just Somalia but will engulf the region, including Kenya itself and Ethiopia.
The United Nations has built a $20 million facility in Kenya since 2010, to help house refugees pouring in--as much as a reported 1,000 a day--but which had remained closed until recently, while the other camp at Dadaab bust at the seams with over-crowding. It was meant to hold 90,000 but now houses almost half a million refugees.
The Kenyan government had refused to open the new facility claiming fear of even more refugees flocking there when they are already stretched beyond their limit. Another reason given is their reported fear that the camp would be infiltrated by Somalian Muslim militants who have bombed Kenya in the past.
Now that continued pressure has forced Kenya to open the new camp, some relief in over-crowding is expected but not by much since starving Somalians flee to Kenya daily. The relief is only temporary and drastic measures are needed to stem the tide of death, especially among the hungry, sick children.
The Continent of Africa is no stranger to strife: what with numerous bloody civil wars, corrupt governments and acute drought over the years. Somalia is already torn by bloody unrests and this drought is another debilitating chapter for a disaster weary people. They desperately need global help.
According to the Global Post, the U.N. High Commissioner For Refugees Antonio Guterres says this is the "worse humanitarian crisis in the world today."
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