The pictures are shocking. The facts heartbreaking. Hundreds of Somalis are dying of hunger every day. The United Nations said this week that 750,000 people are in danger of dying from starvation in the Eastern African country. Overall, it’s estimated that five million peoples’ lives are at risk. Money is being raised across the world to send in aid.
Somalia is in the middle of a bloody civil war in which the US, European and African Union countries are supporting the Transitional Federal Government against the Islamic insurgents Al-Shabaab.
Dr Karunakara writes: “The reality of providing aid in Somalia today is about as grim as it gets. Our staff run a constant risk of being shot or abducted while they provide lifesaving medical assistance. In spite of our constant negotiations with all parties to the conflict to gain access, we may have to live with the reality that we may never be able to reach the communities most in need of help or that we will have to compromise some of our independence when we do reach them.”