Famine anniversary: Somalis dying on food walks

 (AP Photo/AU-UN IST/Stuart Price, HO)

(AP Photo/AU-UN IST/Stuart Price, HO)

DOLO, Somalia (AP) — The long, dusty walks from hungry homes to far-away refugee camps are again claiming lives in Somalia one year after an estimated 100,000 people died in the country's worst famine in generations.

Two lethal factors are again combining to send families fleeing from south-central Somalia: Too little rain and too many guns.

In a cruel replay of last year's long walks, many families who left refugee camps to go home earlier this year as the crisis eased and attempted to plant food are now forced to return to the camps where they will live in stick huts covered by scraps of cloth.

Some 12 million people needed assistance at the height of last year's famine. This year the U.N. says 2.5 million people are in crisis and in need of aid to survive.

Associated Press
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 163035426