Dear (everyone I know),
The famine in Somalia could kill 750,000 in the coming months, and tens of thousands have already died.
The reasons for the famine in the Horn of Africa are complex and solutions are difficult, especially in Somalia, but we can’t lose sight of some simple facts:
1. 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Thirty thousand. With over 12 million people at risk.
2. Famine is not a natural catastrophe – drought doesn’t have to lead to famine. It can be prevented, as we’ve seen in much of Kenya and Ethiopia.
In the 21st century, it’s an obscenity that people are dying because they can’t get enough food to eat. Every one of those 30,000 children is part of a family – a son, a daughter, sister or brother. We can’t imagine what it must be like to starve to death, but most of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love.
In November Global Leaders will meet at the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit, and if they want, they have the opportunity to break the cycle of famine and ensure people are hungry no more. Lives are in their hands.
And we need to ensure they keep the promises they’ve made to the 2 billion poor people who depend on farming for their livelihoods.