Minn. Aid Agency Talks Famine Prevention

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota-based aid agency is hosting an event to talk about strategies for ending the cycle of famine in East Africa.

The American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa says the forum will feature presentations from ARAHA staff members who have been to Mogadishu, Somalia. It will also include a panel discussion about ways to break the cycle of famine there.

A famine was declared in Somalia six months ago. It’s estimated to have killed between 50,000 to 100,000 people.

ARAHA executive director Mohamed Idris says he believes Somalia’s famine was preventable, and proactive measure must be taken to create a sustainable future for the Horn of Africa.

ARAHA’s forum will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hubert H. Humphrey School for Public Affairs.

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  • Kevin

    and proactive measure must be taken to create a sustainable future for the Horn of Africa…..So African Nations have the power to stop famine….but they dont? But a group in MN has all the answers to stop famin in africa? Wow…

    • Blinds on the Windows

      It’s a small world that you live in down there in Mom’s basement, isn’t it Kevin?

      • Kevin

        Now that is an intelligent comment! Please just tell me how the entire continent fo Africa is not able to stop famine……but a groupl of casterated liberal immirgants from MN seem to have the answers to end famine in Africa….oh and if you have time…also let me know how much $$$$$ their brilliant idea will cost me…..

        • mark

          Well said Kevin, the government of these countries are corrupt and keep for themselves 45% of what they get. We are just feeding these governments not the people who need it

  • Sonjay

    Why is this being held here? The people of AFRICA have to want to solve this problem instead of expecting the U.S. to fix it. This would actually take WORK and not a day devoted to hanging around and praying sometimes. The people of this country came together to help each other survive and they have to look past their tribal bigotry which to them seems impossible.

  • stung4ever

    Families not having 6 kids in an area commonly beset by famine would be a good start.

    • Frazie

      HA! And yet no one has responded to your comment? Why is that? Because if the friggin truth!

  • Bill Clintons Cigar

    I just love the pictrue that WCCO is using for the Famine. A 2 pound 3 year old in daddy’s arms…while someone had the cruelity to paint pieces of fruit on the wall behind them…as if to tease the starving child showing him that he can not have a soccer ball and fruit….way to beat down the starving…..

  • C Jensen

    When are stateside based groups going to form a strategy to stop famine and homelessness here?

    • GN

      Well said, famine in the US will be a common problem within the next 20 to 30 years. Already in the farm areas the wells are drying up due to the proliferation of farmers tiling off all surface water and ethanol plants sucking out the ground water.
      When are people like Klobuchar going to stop pandering to these 60 day wanders, we call them 4X4s, 4 weeks in the sping 4 weeks in the fall, and 44 weeks off at taxpayer expense. By the way they are called today’s modern day cash grain farmers. These farmers will be the catalyst that will create the famine and the enevitable World War III. You city folks had better wake up to the devestation these farmers are creating.

  • j speedbag 64

    why not go to mogadishu and solve the problem over there…….just another scam to send money to that toilet of a country….

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