The crisis in the Horn of Africa continues. According to CNN, over 29,000 Somali children under the age of 5 have died from hunger in the past 3 months.
29,000. That’s over 10 times the death toll from the September 11th,2001 attack on the Twin Towers (2,752). And it’s only the beginning.
29,000 dead also means a much greater number are on the brink of starvation. Many of them will be spared from death, but malnutrition during the first 5 years of a child’s life can have irreversible negative impacts on cognitive and physical development, affecting an entire generation of Somalis.
It’s a crisis of massive scale, however you look at it. Why aren’t people talking about it more?
It could just as easily have been you or I that was born in southern Somalia, with little food, unable to escape from the Al Shabaab, and with no help from whatever exists of the government.
These are the types of issues we need to confront.