A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization issued earlier this week concluded than some 258,000 people died a result of the Somali famine between 2010 and 2012. Half of those killed were children under the age of five. This would make the 2010-12 Somali famines one of the worst famines of the post-World War II era.
The report notes that the Somali famine represented a complex emergency, resulting from a combination of natural, political, and social factors. In the case of Somalia, the impact of a severe drought was intensified by the collapse of the Somali government and the ongoing conflict between rival militias fighting for control of the country.
The report also notes that the famine was intensified as a result of the slow reaction of the international community. In an interview with the BBC, Rudi Van Aaken, the deputy head of the FAO operation for…
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