Following on from my previous rant about aid and charity being a constant feature of dependent famine stricken places of the East African region I am back again on somewhat a similar trail. Do bear with me – this is a labour of love. Grateful I certainly am at the response to the crisis and the fact that now long-term ventures are being looked in to as opposed to short-term relief as tends to be the practice of old.
Focussing on Somalia for a moment, I am left wondering what the impact is on the Somali pirates the irony being that in the presence of a famine crisis, the clans or rebels in Somalia have allowed the Red Cross, corridor access to some areas of Somalia. There really is something not quite right with this mentality on most levels, the first being that it is because of this obsession with in-fighting which is giving breed to sustained civil wars that are keeping civilians away from doing anything productive on their lands to stem the famine! This is the same country we must remember that is divided up into factions purporting to an Islamic way of life i.e Al-Shabaab whilst leaning to extreme acts of human rights abuse citing religious grounds. Of most recent, they passed a law banning samosas because of the shape of pastry its made into!