2 May 2013-Somalia famine ‘killed 260,000 people’
Nearly 260,000 people died during the famine that hit Somalia from 2010 to 2012, a study shows.
Half of them were children under the age of five, says the report by the UN food agency and the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.
The number of deaths was higher than the estimated 220,000 people who died during the 1992 famine.
The crisis was caused by a severe drought, worsened by conflict between rival groups fighting for power.
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) senior economist Mark Smulders said the “true enormity of this human tragedy” had emerged for the first time from the study, done jointly with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net).
I had a very specific vision of an African boy about six years old standing in front of me begging for food. He was suffering from severe malnutrition, had a bloated belly and his face was downcast with big brown eyes and a look of desperation in them.
I felt that the Holy Spirit is calling us to pray for the suffering children on the African continent, specificaly Ethiopia, Niger, Somalia and Chad.
Please Pray for:
- Food for the Children
- The Gospel to reach these people
- a Good rain season so that there will be a good harvest