• Anonymous

    I might just be to naive but I just can’t understand how there’s a famine in an area that sits so close to an ocean.

    • Laurent D

      Living next to the sea is certainly never a guarantee to be preserved of famine. The famine in the region is a consequence of multiple factors, some natural, some man-made.
      - Absence of rains and depletion of water reserves (some like to link this with climate change, I think numbers are not conclusif yet, but facts on the field show the increased possibility of future dry years)
      - extremely high and volatile food prices (for human consumption but also foor feeding livestock), mainly driven by speculation on the markets, rising of oil prices that in some regions make up to 85% of the total price of food, administrative bounderies to the import of goods from neighbouring countries (tanzania markets are full of goods)
      - land use policies in some countries (ex. Ethiopia) that totaly neglect local rural and pastoral communities by renting or selling their lands to foreign corporation or use them to plant export-orientated cultures, driven in some case by the demand on biofuel
      - 20 years of war in Somalia

      I guess that anybody living in such conditions is doomed to face such a catastrophe one day or the other.

  • http://my.opera.com/oldephartte/blog/ opit

    “American policy in the region has been driven by short-term counter-terrorism considerations.”  Depends. Do you allege shelling and attacking with mercenaries and troops is anything but a ‘war of terror’ for civilians denied the liberty to regulate their own affairs ? Colonialism has always had its sycophants : none more than now.

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