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  •  I hope you will include proximate man made causes (0+ / 0-)

    namely that jihadists are preventing the distribution of food aid, killing food aid workers, preventing farmers and herders from using rivers and streams, and now imprisoning those fleeing the drought in garrison towns to ensure that they don't get "un-Islamic" UN food aid.

    There is drought in Ethiopia and Kenya and northern Somalia, but no famine there, so while it may be interesting to hear your theories of drought, the drought is not the proximate cause of the famine.

    The cause of the famine is fanatics preventing the distribution of food aid, and preventing victims of drought from leaving for places where food is available.

    If you leave that out, then you will basically not be presenting an accurate picture of what is going on.

    •  Please mellow out a little. (3+ / 0-)

      We are, believe it or not, competent people organizing and participating in this blogathon. Every person will present a different angle on the crisis, and together it will make up the pie. But we don't pie fight with the individual pieces.

      Your knowedge is appreciated. Please don't attack others because you haven't yet seen what you want. We are aware of the difference between drought and famine. FOW is an exremely responsible writer.


    •  mr. hamdenric (6+ / 0-)

      perhaps you would like to volunteer for a slot in the blogathon?
      I am rescheudling Sat to 2 hour slot so more voices can be heard. Please email me.

      Also, trust me. we are NOT avoiding this at all. If you had read the diary you would have noted:

      Over the course of the weekend,  experts in the field of humanitarian assistance will join environmental writers to outline the history of the region and detail how geopolitics, colonialism, ongoing civil wars, climate change and geographic vulnerabilities have combined to create the perfect storm now ravaging East Africa.

      Hopes to be Reporting LIVE from Durban @COP17 ...

      by boatsie on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 09:42:23 AM PDT

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    •  i think you should read our coverage en toto (6+ / 0-)

      because I have been mentioning the problem of access since WFP announced intentions to airlift food in before the meeting in Rome a week ago. I don't have time to go back through all our coverage but this is from one diary last week ...

      Newly arrived refugees in Ifo camp at Dadaab, in Kenya, have been eagerly waiting to collect water from Oxfam's newly installed taps. Many refugees have walked to the camp from Somalia, some 60 miles away, and have little food to eat. People who arrive at the camp receive an initial kit and food ration to last them for ten days. But they will not be officially registered until mid to late September. Meaning those who arrive today will have ten days food to last the next 60 days.Credit: Jo Harrison/Oxfam

      As the UN officially announced yesterday the deaths of tens of thousands due to the worst drought in 60 years in East Africa, the World Food Programme today begins airlifting highly nutritious foods into the two districts in Somalia where famine has been declared, according to Al Jazeera's Horn Of Africa Drought Coverage.

      Al Jazeera also reports that the International Red Cross has successfully delivered 400 tonnes of food to  areas of southern Somalia which are controlled by al-Shabab fighters, who are still denying famine exists in the region.

      According to World Vision, meteorologists forecast no substantial rainfall well into 2012; and the drought, with an epicenter in Somalia, has now spread to a fourth East Africa country:  Tanzania. Kenya and Ethiopia have for some time been identified as major drought regions. Drought conditions are also present in Eritrea and Djibouti.

      Al Jazeera also reports that Jacques Diouf, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), told diplomats in Rome yesterday immediate action is mandatory to avert a serious escalation of the crisis, which currently impacts close to 13 million. "The catastrophic situation demands massive and urgent international aid," he said.

      As airlifts begin, the WFP (along with other international relief agencies) says it still faces serious restrictions to access areas under the control of al-Shabab. French food minister Bruno Le Maire says Somali famine victims traveling towards life in Kenya describes their route as  "a road of hope, but also a road of death".

      there are links out to sources which detail the role of al Shabab in the crisis.

      Hopes to be Reporting LIVE from Durban @COP17 ...

      by boatsie on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 09:51:54 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the suggestions (0+ / 0-)

      I am not the person for getting into the details of the military/religious situation on the ground because it is not my expertise but I may mention the issue in general.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 01:17:09 PM PDT

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