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  •  American help is on the way (9+ / 0-)

    With increased bombings and helicopter strikes in Somalia.
       This follows help from the Obama administration when it shipped thousands of guns to Somalia.
      The African Union is also helping by launching a military offensive by its "peacekeepers".

      Everyone wants to help Somalia, and they will use every gun and bomb at their disposal to accomplish it.

    "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want & the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

    by gjohnsit on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 02:26:35 PM PDT

    •  the reason I like CARE is they (3+ / 0-)
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      marina, 4Freedom, Lujane

      took a stand against US FOOD Aide because of the rules which stated all food must be processed in US, shipped via US companies and not be distributed in areas where people were taking steps to grow crops to feed themselves.

      Donating to WFP is always a good idea. Outstanding work, always.

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

      by boatsie on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 02:34:09 PM PDT

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      •  While it's a few years old (8+ / 0-)

        You might find this piece a good read:

        -   Do people from Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda even know how to cook wheat?...
         -  It is far more expensive to ship food than to purchase food in the region...
        -   Giving away food undercuts local farmers and shopkeepers

        And some very recent thoughts on local sourcing from some Turkish bakers near Syrian refugee camps

        This bakery, which is on one end of town, has gotten some extra business because of the refugees. Taleb Farince is the baker. He's putting flat bread after flat bread into the oven while he talks. He says people from the surrounding villages have collected money to buy bread for the refugees. It's happened a few times. And it's been a nice little bonus for the bakery. But Farince wishes he could sell more for the camps. The Turkish Red Crescent -- which runs them -- actually trucks in most of the supplies for the camps, including bread.

        TABEL FARINCE: Of course it would be better if the Red Crescent bought from us. But they don't buy from here. They don't buy anything from here, from the local merchants.

        His co-worker, who's rolling out dough, interrupts him to say, "As if there were no bakers here, no groceries here." The mayor of Yayladaga says he's trying to find ways to help the refugees. that would also let the town benefit more from the camps.

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