Mike and I haven’t talked for a while, we live hours from each other, so we generally communicate only when we are struck with a new idea or concept. Today I gave him a call and asked him what he thought about opening the Cali Cares blog up to other forms of humanitarian awareness. Apparently, he had been thinking the same thing!
So, we have decided to enter what I consider a “camel phase.” We will absorb and distribute information about humanitarian concerns (in the US and abroad) and the role that tech and culture play in how we interact with these concerns.
There is no end goal right now, we just want to get a good idea of what is going on out there.
Today I want to share this article about US aid to famine stricken Somalia, courtesy of BBC news Africa. And also this post from the Snowblog titled, “Somalia’s famine: their agony and our historic part in it.”
There is an immediate need for intervention. The US has agreed to intervene so long as their presence is not threatened. Apparently, large areas of south and central Somalia are controlled by Al-Shabab, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, and recognized as a terrorist organization by the US.
Donald Steinber, deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development, has insisted that the potential US presence is to save lives and, “not to play a game of ‘gotcha’ with a UN agency or any other group that is brave enough to go in and provide that assistance” (courtesy of BBC).
The Snowblog has another take on this crisis, and it spans back decades, to a time when the author was a young reporter in Somalia.
The next few weeks will mean life and death for many Somalis. Our thoughts are with them at this time.