Editorial, The Globe and Mail | July 21, 2011
More than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are “in urgent need of food, water and emergency health care” as the UN declared a famine in southern Somalia. ++ Previous warnings by the UN about a drought and impending food crisis in the region have gone mostly unheeded. Britain has pledged $84 million to support drought victims, but other Europeans, such as Italy which mustered only $422,100, have been embarrassingly slow to act. ++ With millions of lives at stake, the international community must provide immediate support.