The People of the Drought

July 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

It is hard to escape the current furore about phone hacking on the front pages of the newspapers today. If you delve a little deeper, you will find another story, not about privacy but about life or death.

The drought in East Africa has been inversely affecting millions of people in the Horn of Africa over the past eight months. So far it has left 9 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. According to the UNICEF, 2 million of those are children. Many have fled to refugee camps in Kenya which are already full.

Due to the weather and geography in the region, this is not the first time the region has suffered from drought. We have seen Ethiopia suffer from droughts in the 1980s, which resulted in the Live Aid concert in 1985 (God bless you Bob!).

There needs to a change in the landscape, literally, to alleviate the region from of the drought. Creating and improving drip irrigation systems which will help in maintaining crops with smaller amounts of water will stave off starvation and famine.  in a sophisticated language this is called social entrepreneurship in action.

We must not allow people to be left in a situation where drought will affect them again in 20 years. We have no excuse since we are independent, healthy and able. We have to act now to ensure that another generation of people in this area of the world can live full lives free from the threat of dry, arid land.We must not just react, we must  take  positive action.

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