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Pray for Somalia
« on: July 20, 2011, 07:47:36 PM »
The UN just declared another famine in the south. Please pray for relief for the people and for the persecuted Christians. May God use this as an opportunity to make great His Name in Somalia!
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 07:51:46 PM »
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 07:53:30 PM »
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2011, 07:58:58 PM »
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011, 09:24:15 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Lord have His Mercy! :(

I would just like to point out two things:

a) famines are man-made disasters

b) Somalia gets the wrong end of the stick in East Africa

Famines are man-made disasters which is what makes them so heart-wrenching.  We must fervently pray then night and day that God sends His Grace to heal the hearts and minds of those people who contribute rather then alleviate the conditions of the famine.  Food exists in East Africa, and in a plenteous supply, it is unfortunately seldom transported (either by logistical circumstance of poor transportation development or the maliciousness of geopolitics and economic realities of regionalism) where it is needed.  For example, the big 1984/85 famine in Ethiopia? The communists had plenty of food which they were exporting for profit, and further spending the aid funds they received on their endless war(s) efforts :(

Today it is the same.  Why is Somalia in such bad shape? There are provinces within Somalia proper (like Somaliland) which are thriving! Even in Ethiopia and Kenya there is a lot of potential for food production, but it is squandered on bad roads and bad management.

Whats even worse is in reality, this is a POLITICAL matter.  Not only is Somalia itself in shambles, but the Somalis have not made great friends with their neighbors over the past 40 years.  Many Somali militant groups are blatant irredentists who routinely bomb and attack rural Kenya and Southern Ethiopia as part of their cause to create a greater Somalia which would insist on parts of Kenya and Ethiopia where there are millions of ethnic Somalis.  Just in 2007 the Somalis provoked war with Ethiopia, and really that has yet to be resolved in any way, there are military skirmishes often around the borders, as there always have been and seemingly always will. 

So the Kenyans and Ethiopians for better or worse have adopted an "they deserve it" or "reap what you sow" mentality, further exacerbated by the fact that Kenyans and Ethiopian are no strangers to famine and civil strife, and so they not only neglect the Somalis out of bitterness, but out of an almost stoic "you can fend for yourself, I did" mentality.

These are what must be overcome to end the cyclic famines and crises of East Africa, which are in actuality part of a 1000 year continuum of skirmishes and wars in the Horn.  Racism, elitism, cultural chauvinism, religious intolerance, bigotry, ignorance, and just plain apathy are very much playing their part along with the worst drought in 60 years.

So again, WE MUST PRAY FOR ALL OF THIS TO BE RESOLVED! CLEARLY ONLY GOD CAN SAVE THIS SITUATION, IT IS FAR MORE COMPLICATED THEN JUST BRINGING FOOD INTO SOMALIA.

So I pray and pray and pray as I have always done for years now that God send His reconciling Spirit to heal the wounds and divides of the region, so that Kenyans, Ethiopians, and Somalians can all learn to cooperate together and make East Africa the flourishing paradise it once was.  Under proper cultivation, parts of central Ethiopia could produce enough food to feed the entire continent, and with better logistics of road building and political stability transport this food across Africa to markets where its needed, these nightmares could end dramatically fast.

Let us further pray for Christian Ethiopia, which has by no means went unscathed by these droughts and politics, severe food shortages and food emergencies are blighting from the Red Sea coast in Eritrea southward through the North and Heart of Ethiopia down the lowlands into Kenya and Somalia. 
(PS, sorry, famine is an inherently political issue, but this is not meant to stir a political debate, I just wanted to inform y'all of the obstacles we face and what we must insistently pray and meditate upon.  every meal I take I pray for East Africa, who has been hungry for no reason for quite some time now)

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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011, 11:10:55 PM »
Thank you for your valuable insight. Hunger is such a frustrating issue  :'(
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011, 07:13:23 AM »
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011, 02:09:28 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Somali Islamists maintain aid ban and deny famine
A Somali woman weeps for her dead child at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, July 21, 2011. Many Somali mothers have already seen their children die in the drought
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East Africa hunger crisis

    * Fleeing to a war zone
    * Why Somalia can't cope
    * Babies left to die
    * Q&A: East Africa drought

Somalia's al-Shabab Islamists have denied lifting their ban on some Western aid agencies and say UN reports of famine are "sheer propaganda".

The UN on Wednesday said that parts of Somalia were suffering a famine after the worst drought in 60 years.

A spokesman for al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda and controls much of the country, accused the banned groups of being political.

But the UN insists famine exists and it will continue its aid efforts.

Most Western aid agencies quit Somalia in 2009 following al-Shabab's threats, though some say they have managed to continue operating through local partners.

Some 10 million people are said to need food aid across East Africa but Somalia is by far the worst-affected country, as there is no national government to co-ordinate aid after two decades of fighting.

Thousands of people are fleeing areas under al-Shabab control to camps set up in areas of the capital controlled by the weak interim government, which is battling the Islamist insurgents.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) was one of those banned.

It says it is planning to airlift food into the capital, Mogadishu, in the coming days to help the thousands of malnourished children who face starvation in the country.

"We are absolutely adamant that there are famine conditions in two regions of south Somalia," WFP's Africa spokesman David Orr told the BBC.

"We've seen the evidence of the emergency in the faces and wasted limbs of the malnourished children who are being forced to trek out of the famine zone, sometimes for days and for weeks."

WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella said the agency would continue to operate where it was possible to do so.

"Al-Shabab is not a monolithic organisation. It's important to note that we're working where we can; we're making plans to work where it's feasible," she told AFP news agency.

The UN's children's agency Unicef said it was increasingly relying on its local partners but had been able to continue its operations.

"At the moment what we are trying to do is to look at how we can scale up our programmes and get more supplementary and therapeutic food into these area where we have the extreme starvation going on," spokeswoman Shantha Bloeman told the BBC.

"Yes, WFP had serious restrictions on it but as far as our operations are concerned we have been operating throughout."
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Agencies banned by al-Shabab

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    * WFP

    * UK criticises EU famine response

The two districts where a famine has been declared - Bakool and Lower Shabelle - are under al-Shabab control and aid agencies have been wary of resuming activities there amid fears for the safety of their staff.

Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage earlier this month announced that aid agencies, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, would be allowed back into Somalia as long as they had "no hidden agenda".

This had prompted the US to say it was lifting its ban on allowing its food relief into areas controlled by al-Shabab, which it calls a terrorist group.

However, Mr Rage told journalists in Mogadishu on Thursday night: "The agencies we banned are still banned. The agencies were involved in political activities."

He admitted there was a drought but said reports of a famine were "utter nonsense, 100% baseless and sheer propaganda.

"There is drought in Somalia and shortage of rain but it is not as bad as they put it."

Rashid Abdi, a Somalia analyst at the International Crisis Group think-tank, told Reuters news agency that al-Shabab were trying to avoid being "seen as people who oversaw a large-scale humanitarian disaster".
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    Extended drought is causing a severe food crisis in the Horn of Africa, which includes Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia. Weather conditions over the Pacific means the rains have failed for two seasons and are unlikely to return until September.

    An estimated 10 million people in the region are affected by the drought. The UN has declared a famine in two areas of southern Somalia, where 30% of children are acutely malnourished and four children out of every 10,000 are dying daily.

    The humanitarian problem is made worse by ongoing conflicts. Militants had lifted a ban on aid agencies operating in parts of southern Somalia, but now say reports of famine are exaggerated and have again limited access.

    Since the beginning of 2011, around 15,000 Somalis each month have fled into refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia looking for food and water. The refugee camp at Dadaab, in Kenya, has been overwhelmed by an estimated 400,000 people.

    Farmers unable to meet their basic food costs are abandoning their herds. High cereal and fuel prices had already forced them to sell many animals before the drought and their smaller herds are now unprofitable or dying.

    The refugee problem may have been preventable. However, violent conflict in the region has deterred international investment in long-term development programmes, which may have reduced the effects of the drought.

    Development aid would focus on reducing deforestation, topsoil erosion and overgrazing and improving water conservation. New roads and infrastructure for markets would help farmers increase their profits.

    The result of climate conditions, conflict and lack of investment is that 6.7 million people in Kenya and Ethiopia are currently existing on food rations, and relief agencies estimate 2.6 million in Somalia will need assistance a new emergency operation.

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BBC Somali editor Yusuf Garaad Omar says food aid - as supplied by WFP - is sensitive for al-Shabab as it would like to ensure it goes to regions it controls, rather than government areas.

He also says that a lot of money can be made from transporting food. Helping women and children - the work Unicef does - is less of an issue, he says.

Mr Orr said the situation had been made much worse for many people by the restrictions on access for aid agencies.

"We are appealing for access as humanitarian aid workers. People, as I have said, are starving to death in there. This is a life and death situation," he told the BBC.

"We wouldn't be in this situation had the humanitarian community had access.

"We are appealing to all parties who have an interest in this situation to allow us to go in there and to get the aid in, in as fast and efficient a manner as possible."

More than 166,000 desperate Somalis are estimated to have fled their country to neighbouring Kenya or Ethiopia in recent months.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said $300m (£184m) was needed in the next two months to provide an adequate response to the areas affected by famine.
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see what I mean, politics!!

"why oh why oh why are poor people hungry again?"
stay blessed,
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 09:57:36 AM »
it is very complicated, however our prayers make a difference. the autonomous northern region (somaliland) is not yet a recognised country, but is functioning well and there are some signs of stability there.
somalia, kenya, ethiopian and sudan have always been fighting along the borders, it would be foolish to think this will change, but there can be order despite the chaos if people can forgive their enemies.
any foreigners involved in these areas must take care not to be part of the problem (the european colonial powers all had their own interests at heart when they imposed the borders) and instead check from the people living there what sort of aid would be useful.

the best involvement is based on relationships and is long-term (at least 10 years or more).

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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2011, 05:24:57 PM »
greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

it is very complicated, however our prayers make a difference.

the best involvement is based on relationships and is long-term (at least 10 years or more).

Amen Amen.  It is God who helps build our mutual relationships, as empathetic relationships are contrary to human selfishness, but part of the unity of the Love of God.

Let us maintain prayer and remember, in this region it is not merely a Somali or a Muslim problem, this food crises and bad politics affects Orthodox Ethiopians and Christian Kenyas as well, and if the contagion spreads out of Southern Somalia where its at its worst (following the in-road trails of refugees) it can easily consume the already dangerous food security situations across the Horn and East Africa.

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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2011, 08:39:28 PM »
I was thinking about a mother and a kid i saw on nbc news when i first heard of the news. i couldn't imagine what it's like to see your child getting thinner and tired each day and there is not a thing you can do about it. it is horrible.  i pray that nobody has to go through that horrible experience. I don't think ethiopia can help, she can barely take care of herself. i have family in ethiopia,  its bad there but not as bad as somalia. May god be with them ALL.

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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2011, 05:13:54 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I was thinking about a mother and a kid i saw on nbc news when i first heard of the news. i couldn't imagine what it's like to see your child getting thinner and tired each day and there is not a thing you can do about it. it is horrible.  i pray that nobody has to go through that horrible experience. I don't think ethiopia can help, she can barely take care of herself. i have family in ethiopia,  its bad there but not as bad as somalia. May god be with them ALL.

The Ethiopian government can't fend for itself, the land of Ethiopia on the other hand has unimaginable potential once all these politics get sorted out.  The one good thing about hunger is it exasperates political strife to the point of making it null and void.  Whether in Somalia or Ethiopia, people are hungry and poor for political reasons, but the reality of their poverty transcends politics, and will speak for itself in-time.  The nation of Ethiopia, properly managed (by her own peoples by the way, not helpful but naive foreign aid managers) can feed both herself and the Horn and even the continent. Yes, there is a natural disaster occurring not just in Somalia but in Ethiopia and Kenya as well, but Ethiopia is a big place.  There are places unaffected by the drought which if cultivated properly could produce an abundance, and the key then is logistics and distribution, getting the food from where it is to where its not. Even within Somalia where the full-fledged famine has been declared, there are regions less affected by drought which could be better-managed to pick up for the needs of the entire country. 

Also, I must admit, much like what is happening with the rebels in Libya, I must admit that some of the media coverage of the famine situation in  Somalia is starting to get hopelessly ideological and political in nature, and is frankly starting to stink like Al-Shabad is saying.  This is how the Emperor was discredited in 1974 and look how much worse it got after? Sometimes those running to help have worse intentions even than those who cause the problem :(

this is why we must pray all the more!!

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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2011, 09:05:27 AM »
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2011, 01:55:42 AM »
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2011, 10:30:36 PM »
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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2011, 11:45:54 PM »
My friend has started a page on Facebook to raise awareness and support for the people suffering in East Africa. We want all donations to go directly through an EOTC Church so that the money will go where it is truly needed. I have spoken with the treasurer at my Church in Atlanta, and am waiting to hear from her. Here is the link to the FB page:


http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002657361864


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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2011, 05:59:58 AM »
For those of us who don't do Facebook, could you let us know when there's an alternative link for giving direct aid.

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Re: Pray for Somalia
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011, 09:13:14 AM »
I don't have any money to give, but thanks Gebre!
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