foreign policy blunders helped create the famine in Somalia
famine in Somalia is not simply a consequence
of drought, but also the result of giving primacy to security interests
over human needs, says Mark Bradbury.
has returned to Somalia, and so has the US military. This is no natural disaster.
Just as the US sent
its first drones to Somalia,
targeting leaders of the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab, tens of
thousands of Somalis were crossing into Kenya,
fleeing a catastrophic drought and conflict.
US drones were able to find their targets in Somalia
with pinpoint accuracy, humanitarian agencies have had less luck. They
have experienced a catastrophic decline in access that has destroyed
their ability to assist and protect civilians. The families crossing
into Kenya are escaping from a severe drought
but they are also fleeing a war.
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World Resurgence No. 251/252, July/August 2011, pp 21-22