The charitable thing to do is to give donations to humanitarian groups, right? The tragic thing about Somalia is that the country has been torn apart by a twenty-year civil war, Al Shabab militants (tied to Al-Qaeda and share the same anti-western principles) are fighting off Western aid and even murdering Somalis for trying to escape to neighboring countries, and armed gangs continue to rob and murder traveling refugees and gang-raping women. The depravity goes as far as the rapists coercing brothers to rape their sisters. Even though President Obama has approved a record $150 million for aid to the Horn of Africa, how far that aid will go considering the political circumstances in the region is uncertain. The famine in Somalia is a salient example of the power of food politics: control of food production/distribution is inextricable from issues of power and human oppression.
Save the Children and Unicef are still able to help areas like Kenya, Ethiopia, and other drought-stricken parts of the continent. Please give.