Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Staring Dead in the Face: Somali

Somalia, the Indian Ocean country, is one of the most unstable, ungovernable, if not the most of all the countries in Africa. Heralded as the only true nation-state in Africa at the dawn of independence, due to its ethnic and religious homogeneity. Among failed states, Somalia, unfortunately, sits on the summit.  Somalia’s instability brings with it many ills, among which are diseases, lack of basic amenities, hunger and never-ending skirmishes.  
In the first two months of this year alone, 2016, seasonal and episodic droughts have claimed more than 200 lives. Some observers are contending this drought could arguably be one of the worst droughts to have ever hit the East African country. Droughts are not an anomaly in Africa South of the Sahara, and Somalia is one of those countries that usually get affected by this conundrum. In 2011, the drought affected more than 13 million people across the Horn of Africa and thousands of people fled their homes in search of food and water. In Somalia, natural disasters like droughts are coupled man-made disasters -- the resurgence of terrorist and clan militias, making it a herculean task for humanitarian organizations to dispense food and medicine to survivors. Somalia is not only affected by drought but also 60% of its children are suffering from child malnutrition, and today Somalia has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition and infant mortality in the world.
According to BBC News; more than 40 percent of the Somalis need some sort of humanitarian assistance from other countries around the world but still no chances yet. The UN’s Humanitarian coordinator in Somalia Peter de Clercq said the drought is intensifying there “many more people risk relapsing into crisis”. Highlighting the condition of the children, he said that 58,300 will die "if they are not treated". Mr de Clercq appealed for more funds so they can be helped as soon as possible.
I do not want to sound overly optimistic but I do think that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully, a new Somalia would emerge out of its current rancor and dystopic ambiance.

My prayers are with the Somali people!