The international community has had a long history of responding slowly to international crises. They heed early warning signs, but they do not act. They wait until there are pictures of dead bodies or famished children plaguing the TV, Internet and newspapers to do something about it.
If only the international community paid attention to early warning signs that famine was about to strike hard in Eastern Africa, then thousands of women and children would still be alive today.
Early warning signs of famine date back to August 2010; however, full-scale international aid did not come into play until July 2011. That is almost a year of wasted time. That is simply not acceptable.
When lives are at stake, no matter who they are, the international community must act. They have to act at the first signs of trouble; not when the trouble is already in full blown.
Risking lives to play it safe and wait for “proof of a humanitarian catastrophe before acting to prevent one” cannot be justified.
What good is globalization and the creation of the UN, AU, EU, NATO, etc if the international community just waits?
What good is the international community if they aren’t willing to bypass protocol to save lives?
They aren’t good- they’re useless.
The international community needs to step up and learn from its mistakes. We have the technology today that can forewarn us about natural disasters and imminent danger- such as hunger. So we must take full advantage of it in order to save lives.
If we do not, then shame on us.