Major African Countries Ignore Horn of Africa Famine Appeal

Aislinn Laing and Mike Pflanz, Telegraph (London), July 15, 2011

Despite the continent’s biggest economies having previously made generous contributions to aid efforts in Haiti and Japan, there has been little response from them so far to what aid agencies are calling the worst drought in 60 years.

Million-pound donations have been sent to the World Food Programme by the US, France, Germany and the EU. Kenya and Sudan, countries in the affected region, have also contributed.

UN officials said the World Food Programme had received 60 per cent of the $500 million (£300 million) it appealed for to help save the lives of an estimated 10 million people. But to date, there has been no announcement of aid sent to the region by any of the major African economies, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Angola and Tanzania.

So far, the British Government has pledged £38 million in food aid to Ethiopia and the British public has donated £13 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s East Africa appeal. Today, Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, will announce an additional £52.25 million package of support for the region.

South Africa has a grain surplus of 40,000 tons. Contacted by The Daily Telegraph this week, Clayson Monyela, South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry spokesman, said the country usually channelled aid through charities. He did not answer questions about its response to the latest crisis. An official with the Angolan foreign affairs ministry said that he was still waiting for information about his country’s response.

Jean Ping, the African Union’s chairman, said the Ugandan-led AU mission in Somalia was stepping up security to ensure aid gets through to those in need. The AU’s High Representative for Somalia, the former Ghanaian president Jerry John Rawlings, has also been told to “sensitise” African nations to provide financial and material support.

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka, Oxfam’s regional campaigns policy manager for East and Central Africa, said it was “disappointing” that African states insist on “African solutions for African problems” with regard to Libya but fail to respond to droughts and famines.

“It’s a general malaise on the continent, the culture that humanitarian responses should be left to Western countries,” he said. “You don’t have to be a first-world country to respond to your brothers’ needs. This could have been a good opportunity for African countries to practise what they preach.”

Heavy rain in Somalia has added to the misery of those looking for help: too little and too late for much of their livestock.

“When you are hungry, cold is a killer, and the people here are starving and helpless,” said Batula Moalim Ahmed, an elderly mother, who called for plastic sheeting for shelter, as well as for food and medicine.

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  • WASP

    http://www.wix.com/ajkraad/genocide-museum

    Too bad they killed most of the white farmers! OOPs!!!

  • A Comment from Australia

    Yes, it is too bad they are killing off all the white farmers. It started off with the Mau Mau rebellion (Kenya) and continues now with the ANC in South Africa.

    “Jean Ping, the African Union’s chairman, said the Ugandan-led AU mission in Somalia was stepping up security to ensure aid gets through to those in need.” Stepping up security, is this an admission that aid to Africa just gets stolen on it’s way?

    The drought is tragic, but from news reorts I gather that most of the victims are Muslims. Where are the aid donations from all the near by oil-rich Arab nations?

  • Peejay in Frisco

    The more food that you give them, the more babies that they will make.The more babies that they make, the more food they will eventually need.That is what I told to some young white guy who came to my door trying to get contributions for food aid to the Tird world.Starvation,droughts, and mass deaths are an integral part of their history ever since they have been on Earth.

  • Anonymous

    Horn Africans are not closely related to other black Africans, and in fact, genetically closer to Europeans than West Africans or Bantus.

  • The Bobster

    I watch BBC News on PBS, and every night for the past two weeks, they’ve had a long segment on the poor, starving Somoolies. Then they’ll have a story about some Afrozulu afwheat.

    It makes you wonder what their initials really stand for, as there are very few stories about Britain.

  • AnalogMan

    What a coincidence! I’m ignoring it, too!

  • SKIP

    We Westerners have learned nothing, let African and its’ blacks starve, save us the misery of their continued existence. As a win win scenario, lots of those starving blacks will be muslims!

  • Deirdre

    The idea that they should ever do anything for themselves is completely alien to all Africans.

  • Anonymous

    Why are we sending MILLIONS OF POUNDS of food needed DESPERATELY AT HOME over to africa to support people living in drought stricken areas? Just because they only go into drought every 3rd year doesnt stop the fact that we are supporting an ARTIFICIAL POPULATION that must MOVE or DIE OFF so that this suffering can END

  • Anonymous

    The somalis are leeches. Let them help their own people. They have targetted world trade via the horn of Africa with their merciless piracy. Let the rich Somali pirates take care of their kith and kin in Somalia. So many Somalis live in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Canada, Western Europe and the USA anyways. Let all those expatriate Somalis living in rich countries send their earnings back home to rescue their kith and kin.

    In the UK, 80% of Somalis are on welfare. They live well and breed many a child. Even with the current fiscal conservative tide sweeping the UK where public sector spending is facing massive cuts from the centre-Right Tory/Lib-Dem coalition government, many pregnant Somalis can be observed walking around London (with the obligatory shopping bags stuffed full of produce ‘bought’ with welfare stamps. This at a time when those Britons who work are worried about how they will afford to feed, clothe and house the children they already have. Somalis engage in gang activity such as muggings, armed robbery, rape etc. In my opinion Somalis are one of the most despicable people to have ever walked the Earth.

  • Majuba

    Surprise! Surprise!

    Who remembers the devastating floods in Mozambique pre 1994?

    It was the air force of the “evil” neighbouring apartheid regime in South Africa that came to the rescue and saved countless lives as well as distributing tons of food supplies

    Today in the-new-non-racial-rainbow-nation they barely have enough pilots to keep the show on the road, let alone the political will to help their black brothers.

    For newcomers to this blog – TIA = This Is Africa

    Leonardo di Caprio even said so in Blood Diamonds

  • Anonymous

    Quit feeding these “victims” so they can just keep reproducing even more of their little “victims”..Let nature take it’s course for once.

    Their need is never ending because the White world keeps on supporting them leaving them to keep on having baby after baby by the millions! And a special thanks to all those moronic Christian missionaries (to convert the un-convertable) who have brought this upon us. The misguided, mistranslated “Christianity” of today, is the White man’s doom. Any fool can see that. Maybe they need to really KNOW what the Bible says, instead of listening to their false prophets.

  • Yorkshireman.

    There are 53 african nations (including the six island states) and not one is in the slightest interested in Somalia, including Somalia. Every president/leader/head of state is only interested in themselves and their family followed by their village/clan/ethnic tribe. No-one else counts, even in their own country. Somalia has been ruled by islamic warlords for decades who have kindly announced they will ‘permit’ aid convoys through ‘their’ territory but, of course there will be a levy on each shipment to feed their own ‘army’. What an army!! Many are children bearly capable of holding a weapon much larger than themselves. The DEC, a pro-islamic front if ever there was one, pleads only for cash to be doled out as and when they decide even though their present campaign is supposed to help Somalia. Every other international organisation looks for food, water treatment equipment, tents, clothing, cooking utensils and the like. The DEC claims it buys food from other african countries to ship to Somalia thereby helping local farmers in the process! What rubbish. Exacly how do the DEC intend to collect and move such huge quantities from many diverse places across africa to this refugee camp. African railways and roads, built by Whites and totally neglected by black africans ever since, no longer funcion as viable transport corridors. Meanwhile, only Kenya, hardly rich itself, offers a huge area of sparse landscape as a refugee camp. There is no local natural water or grazing for the trickle of incoming livestock. AMREN is American and I simply ask readers if they know which ‘African-American’ organisations, NAACP, SPLC etc etc have done anything at all to acknowledge their own ‘african’ responsibility in this matter. I see no mention of this in the international media, but perhaps I am missing something.

  • Up to my neck in CA.

    When I think of Somalia, I think of American soldiers dead bodies being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu and all my “compation” floats away. That and the fact that they are over-populating and killing the White farmers in SA. Forget Africa, Save America!

  • Sardonicus

    “I watch BBC News on PBS, and every night for the past two weeks, they’ve had a long segment on the poor, starving Somoolies.” The Bobster

    The “BBC” evidently stands for Black, Brown and Colored. If the amount of coverage given to “Persons of Color” on the “BBC in America” programs were translated into demographic reality, I’d say that formerly Great Britain must be least 30% black? I see less coverage of East Asia or Latin America in most of the half hour BBC programs here in the States.

  • AmericaFirst

    “In my opinion Somalis are one of the most despicable people to have ever walked the Earth.”

    I had the pleasure of knowing a gentleman (he died in 1993 at the age of 95), a cultured individual who immigrated to the U.S. from Sicily in the early 1920s. He had been in the Italian Army as a photographer in HIS early 20s, and was stationed in Somalia. This was his opinion also, except I recall that he was more absolute – they were WORST people on the planet.

  • Anonymous

    If the problem is drought, why are these people asking for SHELTER?

    I used to give money to World Vision, but their endless heart-tugging stories of pregnant single mothers of huge families in rural areas needing “seeds and tools” to grow food for their families finally gave me compassion fatigue.

    Why couldn’t people save seeds from one harvest to the next? And why would someone who had been farming for a decade need a complete set of tools? What happened to the tools you farmed with last year?

  • Richard

    I’m old enough to remember Live Aid, Feed the World, etc. from the mid 1980s. So in 25 years they’ve gone nowhere.

    South Korea went from zero to hero in 25 years (say 1965-1990), why can’t these countries? Must be something in the kimchi.

  • Laager

    @ Richard 9:21

    Live Aid, Band Aid etc.

    This is what an Irish journalist writing in the Irish Independent had to say:

    Harsh as they were, my views on Africa had to be expressed

    by Kevin Myers

    “Last Friday week, with famine approaching yet again, I wondered about the wisdom of forking out yet more aid to Ethiopia.

    Since the great famine of the mid-1980s, Ethiopia’s population has soared from 33.5 million to 78 million. Now, I do not write civil service reports for the United Nations: I write a newspaper column, and I was deliberately strong in my use of language — as indeed I had been when writing reports from Ethiopia at the height of that terrible famine.”

    —————————————

    All this good will-from the west merely doubles the African population

    That means it doubles the next western aid budget – and so on and so on

    If do-gooders in the west are really concerned about the welfare of Africans they will stop sending food and medical aid

    They will re-direct their aid to educational institutions to teach these people to help themselves in the same way that the white man had to figure out strategies to care of himself

    ———————————–

    2 years ago my son travelled overland from London to Cape Town

    Passing through Ethiopia he witnessed piles of sacks of food aid alongside the road

    No one had bothered to come and collect it – if it had been dropped of in the right place in the first instance

    The food was in advanced state of decay