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The countries of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing a famine endangering the lives of over 20 million people. The causes are various. The solutions are complicated and uncertain. Prayer and action are desperately needed. Here are three things you need to know about the famine in sub-Sarahan Africa.
THE FAMINE IS BOTH A NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTER
The causes of the famine vary by region. Somalia specifically is in a nearly 2-year drought that has decimated crops and dried up wells; however, aid agencies attempting to provide relief have to deal with multiple warring factions who make getting food to the people in need nearly impossible.
The radical Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab outlaws any influence it deems to be “Western.” This includes aid agencies attempting to provide food and medicine to the rural villages that al-Shabaab controls. Recently, two convoys of aid workers were hit by roadside bombs in Mogadishu, Somalia by al-Shabaab terrorists.
In many cases, famine stems from those fleeing militant groups like Nigeria’s Boko Haram, who have driven more than 2.6 million people from their homes. In other cases, it’s a result of corruption, such as in Yemen where the Houthi rebels who control the nation’s capital have agreed to allow aid, yet keep it from getting to the rural villages that most need it.
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