"In the lands of the Somali, it had barely rained for two and a half years. From the dagger point of cape Guardafui, the very horn of Africa aimed at the belly of Yemen, to the hills of Ethiopia in the west and the plains of Kenya in the south, the year was dry. The nomads and the farmers saw the clouds scudding east from the Indian ocean over the red plains and the yellow hills, but no rain fell. They saw their animals weaken and their crops struggle to stand with the weight of the dust, and they began to worry.
As many know, and even more don’t know, Somalia is on the brink of declaring its third famine in a single generation, the last of which, just six years ago, killed nearly 300,000 people. To bring to attention the magnitude of affairs in the country, I thought it absolutely crucial to map out what’s going on and what part we can take to alleviate this disaster. In this article, I’ll try to describe the causes behind the continued food and water crisis, the depth of its effects on the people of Somalia (as well as major regions in Kenya and Ethiopia), and which aid projects we as a collective can put our weight behind to ensure optimized relief for as many people as possible." http://sabriiye.com/understanding-the-famine-in-somalia-what-you-can-do-to-help/