Somalia famine risk still very real

Dought and famine in Somalia has displaced tens of thousands of people. Photo from greenfudge.org

It has been six months since famine in Somalia was declared. While some areas in Somalia have been downgraded from famine zones, other areas are still ravaged by it, according to an article by BBC news. Thousands and thousands have already fell victim to the famine, and hundreds of thousands still live in famine stricken areas.

The Disasters Emergency Committee has raised enough money to help 1.3 million people, but that does not help the rest.  There are still 4 million without food aid, according to BBC.

The international community needs to step up and help these innocent people before they fall victim, too. We have already made the mistake of taking this issue lightly when it was first brought to our attention in August 2010. So we cannot continue to make that mistake; we must step up and take responsibility and help those still in the famine zone and those who have been displaced by the disaster.

Please help out the famine zone by donating to the Disaster Emergency Committee, Save the Children or UNICEF. There are also tons of other relief organizations doing their part in Somalia.  So do yours by donating, and help save a life.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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