Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#PrayForSOMALIA #HornOfAFRICA

I don't know what is more disturbing... The lack of coverage or talk about what is going on in SOMALIA or the fact that aid is not reaching the area. I would have to say that both are sickening and I want my followers to CRY OUT.

"Somalia is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years, " states Mark Bowen. He is the United Nation's top official in charge of Humanitarian aid in Somalia.


Image from NewOne.com

"Babies are dying because of the lack of equipment and medicine," states NY Times writer Jeffrey Gettleman.


Image from Redgage.com

“If this were Haiti, we would have dozens of people on the ground by now,” said Eric James, an official with the American Refugee Committee, a private aid organization.

*SIGH* Many of you know that as I face being Bipolar everyday I have been dealing with Postpartum Depression since I had my son in June. One of the many things that cross my mind as I deal with the depression and sadness that come post-pregnancy is the thought that I have the nerve to feel bad and sorry for myself when women in SOMALIA are losing their lives and their children. That realization pisses me off and makes me angry that WE aren't doing more for them.

They deserve more and just because the area is chaotic that does not mean that their people do not need help. I see many trending topics on Twitter, and none of them are #PrayForSOMALIA, #PrayForEthiopia, #PrayForKenya, or #HornOfAFRICA. I want to see how many of you will read upon what is going on, donate, and then be able to
TWEET ABOUT IT. HELP OTHERS BY SPEAKING UP!

Please educate yourself before you comment or tweet on something that you have not completely read about. Below are articles available and as I continue to educate myself on what I can do I will pass the information to you as well.

1) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/world/africa/02somalia.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Famine%20in%20Somalia&st=cse

2) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/world/africa/29briefs-Somalia.html?scp=10&sq=Famine%20in%20Somalia&st=cse

3) http://www.unicefusa.org/work/emergencies/horn-of-africa/?gclid=CJKom7OxsqoCFUiW7QodZnjm9Q

4) http://mashable.com/2011/07/29/africa-famine/

5) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/08/02/somalia-africa-famine.html

Search the INTERNET for more articles and information about the
Famine in the Horn of Africa
May God bless the people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia

9 comments:

  1. Thank You Dawn....very interesting read...didn't know it was getting worse! The article helped me realize all the celebrity chasing and digging to find out about what they're doing and our own people are dying because either not enough people care or not enough people know. I will read your referenced articles and make an effort to see how I can use my communication tools to help spread the word!

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  2. I am very glad that someone cares enough to spread the word. Our people are lacking because no one is willing to take the time to help. I agree that if a big celebrity were to step in and raise awareness that more people would help. It's very sad that it's like that. As I read the reference pages you provided I hope to spread the information as well. Thank you!!!

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  3. I read the story of the Somali refugees on Sunday in the Times and, as a proud West African--Liberian--, it hurt my heart. I'm glad that you are using your voice to shed light and spread the word on this situation. I will do my part to help you and join your efforts and making people aware and being the voices for the men, women & children who are being silenced by hunger.

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  4. You are right Dawn, many of us don't know about this because of the lack of publicity on/off the tv and news stations. I will spread the word to my KSU campus and all of the student organizations especially the African Student Association. We have so many African students now that I think this would be a great time to shed light on this situation. I will also post this on facebook along with the articles. Thanks for being a great communicator and a selfless person Dawn, this is one of the reasons why I look up to you as a mentor/role model. God has truly blessed the world with a person like you. Thank you!

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  5. In many ways, I feel awareness is key so the linked articles are a great first step. It's unfortunate that a A-list celeb haven't attached his/her face to this cause as so many have with others and I can't help but feel it has a lot to do with the continent and region in which this is taking place. Disgusting how some will rape a land of resources or have ulterior motives in whom they help because of natural resources, locale, etc..

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  6. Dawn,
    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! It's a shame that hardly any media has shown this, that we're not aiding as one of the richest countries in the world (even in an "economic crisis"). You're right. Some days, we feel sorry for ourselves and what's going on in our lives and then we hear about what's going on in other parts of the world.

    As an African - a proud Liberian - I'm sad to see what's going on in Somalia and even more that's nothing is being done about it! Even if it's solely through this post I hope that more of us will become aware and make some kind of contribution in any way instead of us just talking about it.

    Again. Thank you for bringing this to light.

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  7. I think it's super sad that I got CNN updates on my phone every half hour regarding the debt ceiling...the he said she said stuff, the lies, etc. But I have yet to get an update on what's going on with the famine crises. People are dying over there, and our governments main concern is "how can we keep our AAA credit score". Thanks Dawn for spreading the word...all it takes is one spark to ignite a flame.

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  8. to be in this free land is to be a realist to quite a many thing...if it's not effecting white america it doesn't get the attention it deserves. There is a Somalia in almost every state in America. if aid is being sent and that countries government is stopping its progress...what else you want us to do...we are involved in other countries business too much as it is.. The US can barely take care of its own business....needless to say we are fighting a wars in two other foreign countries...a recession too. Is it sad what's happening?? yes..but what can you do about it? really!

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