Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

A disgraceful response to Somalia crisis

The international community should hang its head in shame over the situation in Somalia.

The UN estimates that 750,000 Somali people could die of starvation in the coming months.

The international community's reaction to the tragedy has been half-hearted at best, with aid concentrated in Mogadishu and in refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

GOAL has lobbied for a peacekeeping force in Somalia, to face down the terrorists and establish safe corridors for delivery of aid. Others are now calling for the same thing, including the prime ministers of Somalia and Ethiopia.

Some 21 aid agencies have appealed for an urgent change of approach to Somalia in an open letter to the UN general assembly.

How many deaths will it take before the international community lives up to its responsibility?

JOHN O'SHEA

Chief executive, GOAL

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