In spite of major issues such as the rioting in English cities and the situation in Libya, there is a far serious and critical situation happening in Eastern Africa right now.
According to the United Nations, a staggering 12 million people in and around Ethiopia, Somalia, Djbouti and parts of Kenya are in need of urgent assistance, due to severe drought. Around 750,000 could die of starvation over the next few months.
Yet…. compared to the other weather stories like the earthquake in Japan and hurricane Irene in the United States, this emergency, which could result in an even larger loss of life then those two combined, has received very little media attention.
Are African people less important than others? Why have Western government been so reluctant to support the aid effort? What other environmental and political issues have led to the current situation at the moment?
Journalists have a responsibility to keep this critical problem in the public domain, and action needs to be taken by the UN and major governments to help alleviate it. Collectively and individually, we can get in touch with the likes of the Disasters Emergency Committee and other charities. I’ve linked to them on the right hand sidebar.