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Somali-Americans Join Fight Against Droughthttp://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Somali-Americans-Join-Fight-Against-Drought-in-the-Horn-of-Africa-126392493.htmlWith famine in Somalia, a case of leadership (not compassion) fatiguehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/with-famine-in-somalia-a-case-of-leadership-not-compassion-fatigue/2011/08/03/gIQAulkerI_story.htmlVideo: Africa famine: Thousands of Somalis continue to flood to Kenyan refugee campshttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/8678815/Africa-famine-thousands-of-Somalis-continue-to-flock-to-Kenyan-refugee-camp.htmlUnited Nations World Food Programme: Somaliahttp://www.wfp.org/countries/somaliaBBC News: Somalia country profilehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1072592.stmSomalia has been besieged by a diverse set of problems over the past several decades, including political instability and a number of militia groups fighting for control of the country. In the past few days, more major media outlets have been reporting on the famine situation in the country, which policy-makers, political leaders, and humanitarian organizations terribly worried. The first major supply of foodstuffs arrived in Mogadishu on July 27th, which was several weeks after the Famine Early Warning Systems Network officially declared a famine. Money has been trickling in slowly, and of the $2 billion the United Nations says the region needs, so far it has received less than half. Some non-government organizations (NGOs) and other groups remain reticent about donating funds due to the role of the Shabab, which is a militia group that controls a large section of southern Somalia. The Shabab has also banned food aid since 2009 and the UN's World Famine Programme (WFP) has had 14 of their employees killed in the region since 2008. The situation remains quite bleak, and the WFP has reported that 50,000 to 100,000 people could die of starvation in Somalia in August alone.The first link will take interested readers to a piece from last week's The Economist about the famine in Somalia and the relief efforts that are underway. The second link leads to a story from Voice of America by reporter Julia Lawrence, which is about the efforts of Somali-Americans to send aid to Somalia. The third link whisks users away to an opinion piece on this ongoing crisis from this Monday's Washington Post by Professor Astier M. Almedom. Professor Almedon is a native of Somalia and in this piece she offers some passionate commentary on what she feels are the roots of the problems in Somalia. Moving along, the fourth link leads to a video clip offered by The Telegraph, which features some observations from the refugee camp in Kenya where many Somalis are seeking food and assistance. The fifth link leads to the United Nations World Food Programme's page on Somalia. Here visitors can read on the WFP's efforts to assist Somalia and also read some of their fact sheets and working papers on alleviating hunger and poverty in the region. The last and final link will take visitors to the BBC's country page on Somalia, which contains a brief overview of the country, complete with additional links.
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