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At the very least, you will leave people deeply traumatized, having placed upon them deep scars which some will never recover. In a few cases, some will turn into serial killers, blaming you for all of their transgressions.

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Then people will feel hurt and depressed and perhaps go and commit suicide.

At the very least, you will leave people deeply traumatized, having placed upon them deep scars which some will never recover. In a few cases, some will turn into serial killers, blaming you for all of their transgressions.

But hey, if you want that on your conscience, don't hit the "thanks" button.


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Catastrophic drought in Somalia...

Somalia Faces Unprecedented Drought
February 20, 2017 — Even the hyenas won't eat the carcasses of Mohamed Aden Guleid's sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia's northwest Somaliland region.
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There is too little meat on their bones because of a devastating drought. “I had 550 of these livestock; now only 50 of my livestock remain,” he said. “My family contains 10 members, and I must provide for them.” Herds of animals are dying across Somalia following two failed rainy seasons. Here in Somaliland, at least 40 percent of goats and sheep have perished, amounting to more than 10 million animals.


Goats with ribs showing crowd around a a trough of well water in Somaliland region of Somalia, which is experiencing a devastating drought

Herders wait for water trucks

If April's rains fail again, the people who have depended on these animals for generations may be next. The United Nations warns of famine, and says more than 6 million people need food aid already in all of Somalia. Forty have died so far in Somaliland, according to the National Drought Committee. Those seeking respite from the drought trek for days to towns in hopes of finding food and water. Aid agencies and the government send water trucks to fill dried out wells, and each morning, dozens of herders with hundreds of thirsty animals flock to the wells but the reach of the trucks is limited.


Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin scoops well water from a barrel to feed his remaining livestock in Somaliland region of Somalia

Rains must come

Mohamud Ibrahim Yassin says only a few dozen of his 150 animals made the 20-kilometer walk to one well a few hours east of Burao town. He says the rest were too weak to walk, but too skinny to sell. "If we get rains, they will survive, but if there is no rain, I don't think they will survive," he said. Although Yassin has some hope of getting himself through the drought, for others, the rains will be too late.


Mohamed Aden Guleid looks at one of his camels which succumbed to drought in Somaliland region of Somalia

Living on handouts

The family of Geelo Ismail Mohamed lost all 100 of their camels over the past seven months, and fled the hinterlands. Now they live on the outskirts of a village in a makeshift hut of wooden poles and scraps of cloth. “We thought that it would get better in two or three months,” said Mohamed, who is in her 70s. “After three months, we realized we couldn't do anything; we couldn't move, we couldn't sell, so we came here.” She says they used to support themselves by selling camel milk, but now, they depend entirely on handouts. “That life [before the drought] will not come back, now we have this life, and this is what Allah has for us,” she said. “I did not ever see a drought like this. This is widespread; this is everywhere.”

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UN: Drought-stricken Somalia Has 2 Months to Avert Catastrophe
February 17, 2017 — United Nations aid agencies warn they have a two-month window of opportunity in drought-stricken Somalia in which to scale-up emergency assistance for millions of people and avert a catastrophe.
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The United Nations estimates that half of Somalia’s population, or 6.2 million people, are threatened by the drought, which is spreading from the hard-hit northern regions. Over the past week, representatives from the World Food Program and the U.N. Children’s Fund, visited some of the worst affected areas in the northern Puntland region.


A boy looks at dead goat carcases in dried-out land close to Dhahar in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, on Dec. 15, 2016. Drought in the region has severely affected livestock of local herdsmen.

They describe scenes of utter devastation, where people have reached the limit of their abilities to cope. In one village, the team found about 500 women and children living in precarious conditions in makeshift huts with little inside and surrounded by dead livestock. “Although these are pastoralists,” said Laurent Bukera, WFP country director, "they had for the whole village one goat and one camel that did not look in good shape." “That is an area where normally pastoralists have hundreds of sheep and large swaths of camels.” He said the men had left the village, moving around in search of grazing land and water for the cattle that were still alive.

Short window of opportunity

Speaking on a telephone line from Nairobi, Bukera told VOA that there was a short window of opportunity for aid agencies to scale up emergency operations and prevent the worst from happening. "The severity, the spread of the drought and of the situation this time around is bigger, is larger geographically than what happened in 2010-11." “Therefore, if we do not respond fast enough, if we do not respond at scale,” he said, “we can prepare ourselves for a catastrophe, which is at least to the size and the intensity of the situation we experienced over there in 2010-11.” Nearly 260,000 people, half of them children under five, died during the famine in Somalia between 2010 and 2012. UNICEF projects the number of severely malnourished children in Somalia could reach 270,000 over the coming months.

UNICEF warned that children are among the worst affected by the current drought and that many, once again, are at great risk of dying from malnutrition-related causes. The agency noted that 944,000 children would likely become acutely malnourished this year, including 185,000 severely malnourished. UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said “these children will need urgent lifesaving support. It is very likely that the number of children severely malnourished will increase 50 percent to 270,000.” He said that by April, 4.5 million people will need water, sanitation and hygiene assistance and that “four million people will be without health services due to the planned closure of health centers due to a funding shortfall.”

$450 million needed
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Somalia drought: At least 110 die as fears of famine grow
Sat March 4, 2017 - The Somali President declared a national disaster Tuesday; The region has suffered after little rain in the past few years
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At least 110 people, most of them women and children, have died from starvation and drought-related illness in Somalia in the past 48 hours, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday. Khaire made the announcement while speaking to the drought committee in Mogadishu, four days after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared the drought a national disaster. The death toll covers those who died in the rural areas of Somalia's southwestern Bay region where the drought is more severe than other parts of the country. It was not immediately clear how many others have died in the rest of the country. "The drought response committee briefed the PM about the humanitarian crises in the country that is threatening the lives of the people and their livestock who are on the brink of dying from hunger and watery diarrhea disease," Khaire's office said.


People travel long distances to reach this river near Dhudo, in northern Somalia, because it still has water.

Khaire has urged "business people and everyone to contribute to the drought response efforts aimed at saving the lives of the millions of Somalis dying of hunger and lack of water." The country has been hit by a severe drought that has affected more than 6.2 million people who are currently facing food insecurity and lack of clean water because of rivers that are drying up and recent years with little rain. Earlier in the week, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, warned the drought could lead to famine. "If we do not scale up the drought response immediately, it will cost lives, further destroy livelihoods, and could undermine the pursuit of key state-building and peace-building initiatives," he warned, adding that a drought -- even one this severe -- does not automatically have to mean catastrophe.


Dead goats are piled up outside a refugee camp in Somalia.

According to the United Nations, "Somalia is in the grip of an intense drought, induced by two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. In the worst-affected areas, inadequate rainfall and lack of water has wiped out crops and killed livestock, while communities are being forced to sell their assets, and borrow food and money to survive." The United Nations adds that "the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) -- managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) -- have found that over 6.2 million, or more than half of the country's population, are now in need of assistance, up from 5 million in September."


The river in Garowe, Somalia, has dried up.

Famine in Somalia killed roughly 258,000 people between 2010 and 2012, according to joint report by the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development. At the time, humanitarian organization Oxfam criticized the international community's response to the famine in Somalia, saying "the world was too slow to respond." UNICEF lists Somalia among four nations where they say a total of 1.4 million children could die of severe acute malnutrition as famine looms. South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are also areas of heightened concern.

Somalia drought: Fears of famine grow as 100 die - CNN.com
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It would appear this country, Somalia, is forever in harsh times... Which is

Makes me wonder why.. .......I guess I should pray more and harder for it's recovery.. And relief from these ones with guns.

Then closer to the coast there are rebels ripping the people off and along the coast they have the ies with guns and a worthless Ideology, plus the ever present pirates.

Sure one forsaken nation. Either by nature or by the people... Where is the UN when it is needed?

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UN warns time is running out for Somalian famine victims...

Aid Agencies Working to Stave Off Catastrophic Famine in Somalia
March 07, 2017 — Time is running out for millions of people in Somalia who are on the brink of famine, warns the United Nations. The world body is urging the international community to rapidly respond to its $825-million appeal to stave off a catastrophe in that drought-stricken and conflict-ridden country.
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Six-point-two million people in Somalia — half the population — are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the U.N. To highlight the crisis, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who had been visiting Kenya, made an impromptu change of plans and traveled to Somalia. There he met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, and visited a local hospital where malnourished people are receiving treatment.

The U.N. director of information in Geneva, Alessandra Vellucci, says Guterres considers it vital that he, personally, address this life-altering crisis. “He decided to go on an emergency visit to Mogadishu, to Somalia in order to focus on famine and cholera. He [Guterres] said in a tweet this morning, people are dying. The world must act now to stop this,” said Vellucci. U.N. emergency relief coordinator Stephen O’Brien arrived Monday.


Malnourished babies are held by their mothers, both of whom fled the drought in southern Somalia, at a feeding center in a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia

The United Nations reports nearly 3 million people are going hungry and need urgent life-saving relief. It warns that almost 1 million children under the age of 5 will be acutely malnourished this year, including 185,000 who are at risk of dying if they do not receive immediate medical treatment. Over a recent two-day period, Somali officials report 110 people, many of them women and children, died from water-borne diseases as a result of the ongoing drought. Jens Laerke, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says there are worrying similarities in some parts of Somalia to the 2011 famine, which killed 260,000 people.

He tells VOA it is hard to predict when this growing catastrophe could turn into a full-blown famine. “It is a creeping disaster. It creeps up on you," he said. "Day by day it gets a little bit worse. So, how much time do we have? Well, if we stopped operations right now today, people would start dying tomorrow. That is one way of looking at it. So, how much time do we have? Very little time.” Laerke says the Somalia appeal has received $100 million in contributions and more in pledges. While that is good, he says it is not good enough as more support is urgently needed.

Aid Agencies Working to Stave Off Catastrophic Famine in Somalia
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Yet with the complete knowledge the U.N. only talks to the news media while this is happening
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Yet they sure make a lot problems for the Nation of Israel...

Heck just in the bloated M.E. department which has plenty of Middle Eastern Arabs working with grossly large paychecks. Well have each give a 10 spot to help feed these in need people U.N.
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This is very sad, but this has been going on forever. We could give them all the money, tools, and knowledge in the world and nothing would change.
Sterilization would be the humane thing to do.
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