Tuesday, July 20, 2021
The famine in Somalia 10 years ago should drive us to action today
Today more than 41 million people are one step away from starvation. A deadly mix of conflict, climate change and the economic fallout of COVID-19 are driving ever worsening hunger for millions of children and their families. In some hunger hotspots, children are literally living under famine conditions. Girls and boys are not just starving but are being starved to death. The last time the world faced a catastrophe of this scale – the 2011 Somalia famine – 260,000 people died. Half of them were children. The world said never again. But now, the hunger crisis has gone global.