Somalia is at risk of its third famine in just 25 years.
The food and water shortage has affected over 6.2 million people. That’s over half of the country’s population suffering from widespread hunger – the lack of clean water has even resulted in cholera.
“We need to make as much noise as possible. Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare.” – Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
He’s absolutely right – this is a nightmare. This is no way for families to raise their children or live their lives.
Many of you reading this, if not all, have been fortunate enough and will continue to be fortunate enough to never witness or suffer from the effects of a drought (that includes me). News like this should initiate prompt action; from governments, organisations and even the public. In a world of such inequality and economic disparity, we are the ones that are in a more than comfortable position to help. Without going into too much detail about gratitude and its importance (I’ll save that for a later post), it is things like this that should remind us of how lucky we really are. Honestly, our lives are great, but sadly we rarely ever take a moment to realise this truth.
In January I posted an article to raise awareness for a JustGiving fundraiser page for a Warwick student. In that piece I stated that I would continue to highlight worthy causes using my blog – this is a platform which we can all leverage.
So when I say “help”, I’m not saying that you have to donate money. You can donate time, even if it’s only a small amount. A small step from you can genuinely go a long way – I believe that. So share this, share the news about this crisis, share the facts, and share information. The more people that are aware of this on-going horror, the greater the chances are that even more people will support Somalia in its time of urgent need; whether that be financial support or not. We need to do whatever we can at any given opportunity to lessen the suffering of others.
“Your life will become better by making other lives better.” – Will Smith
As for me, I’m writing this with the purpose of raising awareness and I hope by doing so, at least some of you will do your part to support other people just like me and you. I will also be donating – if you would like to do so please use the below link.
As always, thank you for your continuous support. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read and share this, as well as any feedback you give me.
Sources: BBC, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Save the Children UK