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The African Famine is back Worse than Ever..Do you Care?

 
 
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2011 08:07 am
@hawkeye10,
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There’s a narrative that goes something like this: Emotive media images and tired tales of famine-causing drought in Somalia have created “compassion fatigue,” a type of onlooker’s paralysis that dulls the fury and utter indignation that would otherwise motivate action.


That’s an insult, particularly with reference to the American public.

Think such images don’t resonate? This is a time of food insecurity, albeit much less severe, in the United States as well. One in five children in New York City reportedly goes to bed hungry while excess food goes to landfills. The causes and consequences of hunger are complex, compound and context-specific—but the lack of solutions, whether here or in Somalia, isn’t the result of a dispassionate public. It’s a failure of leadership.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/with-famine-in-somalia-a-case-of-leadership-not-compassion-fatigue/2011/08/03/gIQAulkerI_story.html
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High Seas
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2011 08:21 am
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:

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"I'm asking myself where is everybody and how loud do I have to yell and from what mountaintop," Caryl Stern, chief executive of the United States Fund for UNICEF, told the paper. "The overwhelming problem is that the American public is not seeing and feeling the urgency of this crisis
With little-to-no media coverage, relief efforts—and fundraising—have stalled. UNICEF, Stern said, has raised just $5.1 million of its $300 million goal.

We will see.....right now I am going with the thesis that we dont give a ****, been there done that and Africa never gets better.....

Is this the same Ms Stern who talked us into sending billions to Haiti? Her appeal on behalf of starving Africans might have a better chance if she could account for where the Haiti money went - nothing, nothing, seems to have changed on the ground there, except there's a lot more Haitians now.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2011 08:27 am
@High Seas,
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othing, nothing, seems to have changed on the ground there, except there's a lot more Haitians now.


Political system still non existent? Check

Rubble still in the streets? Check

Cholera still out of control? Check

People still homeless? Mostly check, 600,000 to 700,000 are, where the others went is not clear, though some shelters have been built.

Haitians not working to make their society better? Check. Unemployment was 70% before quake, is 80% now.
High Seas
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2011 08:37 am
@hawkeye10,
Not a single tree has been planted on the Haitian side of the island either - from the air you can see where rains have washed off the topsoil leaving only rock:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bb/Hispaniola_lrg.jpg/800px-Hispaniola_lrg.jpg
The eastern half of the island is the Dominican Republic; a third of their land is still wooded while on the Haiti side it's 2%. Next storm means next disaster...
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2011 03:31 am

True or false:
the place of the famine
is the same area inhabited by the pirates ??????????

( the ones that extorted million$$ from shipping firms ) ????





David
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2011 03:35 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
True or false:
the place of the famine
is the same area inhabited by the pirates
Sure enough...better yet there are a lot of Islamic Radicals around there who hate us so bad they want to kill us. Nice dont ya think?


**** them, let Iran deal with the problem if they want to. If not them then Saudi Arabia, this is not our problem.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2011 04:46 pm
@High Seas,
Emily can remain a Tropical Storm and do the deed.

Haiti is one of those places where all roads of possible human folly, ignorance and cruelty intersect.

The Haitian people should be taking to the streets and begging some nation, any nation to conquer them.

In the alternative, they should all leave. Many would, no doubt, perish in their exodus, but many will perish if they stay. They can leave the stinking mess to the corrupt parasites that have been feeding upon them for all of their nation's history.

If the UN represented humanity rather than a pack of tin pot dictators, it would have taken over Haiti long ago. MLB, the NBA, and the NFL would never let one of their teams go to such seed.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 8 Aug, 2011 03:44 pm
Obama today approved $105 million to the effort. The UN was saying shorty before the annoucement that the total unfunded requirement is $1.5 billion.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 17 Aug, 2011 09:13 am
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BERLIN (Reuters) - The famine in the Horn of Africa is manmade -- the result of artificially high prices for food and civil conflict, the World Bank's lead economist for Kenya Wolfgang Fengler told Reuters Tuesday.

"This crisis is manmade," Fengler said in a telephone interview. "Droughts have occurred over and again, but you need bad policymaking for that to lead to a famine."

Some 12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa -- including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti -- are affected by the worst drought in decades, according to the United Nations. Tens of thousands of people have already died.

Fengler said the price of maize, or corn, was significantly higher in east Africa than in the rest of the world due to controls on local food markets.

"In Kenya, the price for corn is 60 to 70 percent above the world average at the moment," he said. "A small number of farmers are controlling the market which is keeping prices artificially high."

The World Bank said Monday its Food Price index increased 33 percent in July from a year ago and stayed close to 2008 peak levels, with large rises in the prices for maize and sugar.

High food and energy prices have stoked inflation pressures around the globe, but the problem has been more acute in developing nations.

"Maize is cheaper in the United States and in Germany than it is in eastern Africa," said Fengler.

Somalia's two-decade long war is also seen as exacerbating the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Some 3.7 million Somalis risk starvation in two regions of south Somalia controlled by militant group al Shabaab, which has blamed food aid for creating dependency and blocked humanitarian deliveries in the past.

The group has accused the United Nations of exaggerating the severity of the drought and politicizing the crisis.


http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/10054194/world-bank-says-famine-in-horn-of-africa-is-manmade/


I think we knew this...


OK, so the main problems are, in no particular order

1) they have more babies than they can support

2) they keep fighting

3) they are poor

4) local manipulation of food prices upwards

Sounds to me like this is not a problem that I have made, and that I can't solve it. When the Africans decide to get serious about these causes of what ails them they should look me up, maybe I will want to help. Till then....
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 06:03 am
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:
Obama today approved $105 million to the effort.
The UN was saying shorty before the annoucement that the total unfunded requirement is $1.5 billion.
I guess he did that because
the economy is so great here, that the citizenry is not interested
in having $1O5, OOO, OOO spent in America, where the folks who EARNED the money are.

I guess he thinks that if we all VOTED,
then we 'd choose to send that money to Africa
instead of to an American city.





David
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