African Communities Struck By Food Crises Try To Fill Gaps In Aid

Washington Post: Covering the world’s biggest hunger crises, I saw people with nothing give everything to save a life
Kevin Sieff, the Washington Post’s Africa bureau chief

“Over the past few months I’ve reported from Somalia, South ­Sudan, and Nigeria, sites of the three largest hunger crises in sub-Saharan Africa. In each country, overstretched humanitarian organizations have failed to raise sufficient funds to feed and house all of those in need. An untold number of people, most of them children, have died of malnutrition and preventable diseases. The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, and says the other two nations are in danger of suffering the same tragedy. But in each of those countries, I’ve been struck by the way some of the world’s poorest people have stepped in to fill the void. Such generosity in no way erases the massive need for international assistance. But we often overlook the ways that Africa’s most desperate people are managing to help one another…” (5/31).