02 Aug '11, 2pm

Somali Agony and the Outside World

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times A malnourished child at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. More than 500,000 Somali children are verging on starvation. More Photos » In absorbing the horrors being inflicted on the people of southern Somalia by their Shabab Islamist tormenters, I was reminded of a meeting I covered in 2008 for an article called “Failed States, Disasters and ‘Preventive Action ‘” and I was irked by recent efforts to link this catastrophe to human-driven climate change . That is an unsupported distraction from the causes, and any talk of addressing this crisis. First, a look back at the meeting on failed states. The crisis at that time was cholera in Zimbabwe, but the “Center for Preventive Action Symposium ” at the Council on Foreign Relations was exploring core issues relevant in Somalia today. Here are a couple of excerpts from my article: One discussi...

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Somali Agony and the Outside World

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