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The Great Starvation Begins
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:11:27 AM »
Of course starvation has been a problem since the dawn of history, and really before that going into pre-history.  In fact even before Homo Sap became a species, starvation went on all through the animal kingdom, and plant kingdom too as big Trees grew up over Grasses and starved them of sunlight.

However, for Homo Sap we are moving into a period where starvation will be common, and with currently around 7.3B HS infesting the Planet, it's going to be a common story until the Internet Goes Dark.  So it needs an Official Thread on the Diner, along with Drought, also likely to become quite common.  I put this thread on the Drought Board because we already have one of those and they are related.  I'm not predisposed to creating a whole new Famine Board at the moment.

Kick off article for the thread comes from Yemen, in a Desert, engulfed in War.  Yemenis are TOAST!  They boarded the first train to collapse.  It's an EXPRESS Train.


'No food, no medicine, no money’: Yemeni town faces mass death by starvation
Published time: 14 Jan, 2017 21:29
Edited time: 15 Jan, 2017 20:06

'No food, no medicine, no money’: Yemeni town faces mass death by starvation
Nearly 19 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN, but the worst of the civilian impact of the two-year civil war in the country has fallen on the district of Tuhayat on the Red Sea coast.

As RT’s Arabic-language crew visited the area, they witnessed scenes of chaos – as locals scrambled to acquire food – and quiet desperation, with many residents swollen with hunger, waiting for outside help, or resigned to their fate.

Salem is an eight-year-old boy, though like many in similar struggling areas around the world, he looks small enough to be mistaken for a toddler.

“We have no energy left, and I have no money with which to treat my child,” says his mother, admitting that the boy is severely malnourished, just one of more than 1.5 million children suffering from the same fate in the country, according to the United Nations.

Fishing used to be the prime source of subsistence for villagers here, prior to the break out of the full-scale civil war between the insurgent Shia Houthis, and the incumbent Sunni government in early 2015.

The area remains under control of the Houthis, but the Saudi-led international coalition, which is supporting the Sunnis, who constitute just under half of the population, has blockaded the coastal areas.
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Houthi militants stand in the house of Houthi leader Yahya Aiydh, after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Yemen's capital Sanaa September 8, 2015. © Khaled Abdullah British MPs urge independent inquiry into claims of Saudi war crimes in Yemen

The Saudis have repeatedly fired on fishing boats operated by the locals, saying that some have been used on weapons runs to supply the rebels, even if keeping them moored on land means that innocent civilians will die.

Abdallah and Taga are two brothers, who have become so weak – their skeletons are clearly visible underneath the skin – that they have suffered bone damage, and can now only crawl.

“It is very difficult for us, as we are invalids, and we have no money. Sometimes we get a little, and then we can get tea and bread – people help us, but not very often, and not very much,” says Abdallah.

Over 7,000 people have been killed in the conflict, according to international observers – a large minority of them civilians, who died in airstrikes – and more than 3 million have been displaced.

“The situation is only going to get worse, because there is no functioning government. Social welfare has not been paid for two years,” Baraa Shiban, an activist for the nonprofit Reprieve, told RT.
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FILE PHOTO. © Hani Ali / Global Look Press via ZUMA Press Children killed in Saudi-led airstrike on school in Yemen – reports

Shiban believes that the Houthis have to hand back power to the previous Sunni regime, and in return the international coalition must ease its stranglehold on the region, while any other means of help is temporary.

“Humanitarian aid has been delivered to some of these areas, but just depending on it is not a viable solution. We need a comprehensive solution.”

But Jamal Wakeem, professor of history and international relations at the Lebanese University in Beirut, says that the Saudis are purposefully worsening the humanitarian crisis to achieve their political aims.

“This is a conscious strategy of the Saudis, they have been trying to exert economic pressure,” he told RT from Beirut, saying that it equates to "genocide."

While the Sunnis have more material resources, the Houthi rebels still hold most of the land, and enjoy considerable manpower, so the conflict remains finely balanced. For ordinary Yemenis, regardless of creed, this likely means more instability, hunger and fear.
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Re: The Great Starvation Begins
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 10:27:57 AM »
You can't help but feel for starving kids. It's alway the innocents who suffer the most.
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Somalia drought: At least 110 die in 48 Hours as fears of famine grow
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2017, 04:00:16 AM »
The Great Homo Sap Die Off Begins!

First to go: Impoverished Women & Children in 3rd World countries.


Somalia drought: At least 110 die as fears of famine grow

Somalia drought: At least 110 die as fears of famine grow

People travel long distances to reach this river near Dhudo, in northern Somalia, because it still has water.

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  • The Somali President declared a national disaster Tuesday
  • The region has suffered after little rain in the past few years

(CNN)At least 110 people, most of them women and children, have died from starvation and drought-related illness in Somalia in the past 48 hours, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday.

Khaire made the announcement while speaking to the drought committee in Mogadishu, four days after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared the drought a national disaster.
The death toll covers those who died in the rural areas of Somalia's southwestern Bay region where the drought is more severe than other parts of the country. It was not immediately clear how many others have died in the rest of the country.
Dead goats are piled up outside a refugee camp in Somalia.
"The drought response committee briefed the PM about the humanitarian crises in the country that is threatening the lives of the people and their livestock who are on the brink of dying from hunger and watery diarrhea disease," Khaire's office said.
Khaire has urged "business people and everyone to contribute to the drought response efforts aimed at saving the lives of the millions of Somalis dying of hunger and lack of water."
The river in Garowe, Somalia, has dried up.
The country has been hit by a severe drought that has affected more than 6.2 million people who are currently facing food insecurity and lack of clean water because of rivers that are drying up and recent years with little rain.
Earlier in the week, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, warned the drought could lead to famine.
"If we do not scale up the drought response immediately, it will cost lives, further destroy livelihoods, and could undermine the pursuit of key state-building and peace-building initiatives," he warned, adding that a drought -- even one this severe -- does not automatically have to mean catastrophe.
According to the United Nations, "Somalia is in the grip of an intense drought, induced by two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. In the worst-affected areas, inadequate rainfall and lack of water has wiped out crops and killed livestock, while communities are being forced to sell their assets, and borrow food and money to survive."
A four-year-old boy in the town of Garowe cries over the death of his mother.
The United Nations adds that "the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) -- managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) -- have found that over 6.2 million, or more than half of the country's population, are now in need of assistance, up from 5 million in September."
Famine in Somalia killed roughly 258,000 people between 2010 and 2012, according to joint report by the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development. At the time, humanitarian organization Oxfam criticized the international community's response to the famine in Somalia, saying "the world was too slow to respond."
UNICEF lists Somalia among four nations where they say a total of 1.4 million children could die of severe acute malnutrition as famine looms. South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are also areas of heightened concern.
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