"The drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5, according to U.S. estimates, the first time such a precise death toll has been released related to the Horn of Africa crisis.
The United Nations has said previously that tens of thousands of people have died in the drought, the worst in Somalia in 60 years. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, a statistic that suggests the death toll of small children will rise."
I have written about giving of your time, your heart and your money. I've talked about how gigantic and overindulged we are as Americans. There truly isn't anything I can SAY about what's happening along the Horn of Africa...I am not a horror writer and this is a tragedy that I cannot adequately describe with words.
So today is different. This is what famine looks like.
|This is a mother holding her baby as it starves to death.|
|(Courtesy: WFP- Judith Shuyler)|
|This child is 3 years old.|
|THIS child is receiving nutrition from relief organizations.|
|And this child IS GOING TO DIE|
I know stocks are tanking, jobs are being cut, benefits are being slashed, food and energy prices have gone through the roof and we all feel like we're drowning. But none of us is holding a baby who's dying in our arms because of famine. And if everyone gives what they can ($5 even!) we can change the course of this tragedy.
I don't think it's the worst thing in the world to ask people to skip one McDonald's value meal, one lunch one time, to help a child SURVIVE months and months of famine...that small hunger they'll feel before they eat dinner is nothing compared to what these babies are feeling.
"In giving there is a power, an understanding that you are just the vessel that wealth or energy flows through. You allow money to come in through your hands and out through your heart. To be empowered to give, to be moved to give straight from the heart, is a feeling that all the money in the world could never buy." - Suze Orman (Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny)
Here are the two charities I support:
The World Food Programme
For more charities working in Somalia, go here.
Please help a child whose only crime has been to be born in a country without food. Please help a mother or father who only wants their child to LIVE.
You have the power.
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