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August 8th, 2011
10:07 PM ET

Cooper: Misery at Dadaab

Editor's note: Anderson sees first hand a hospital run by the international rescue committee in Dadaab.


Filed under: Africa • Anderson Cooper
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  1. Deena Gilbert

    Thank you for sharing this story on Somalia. Been following this and am guilty of finally doing something about it, by making a small donation. It is amazing how so much of history repeats itself, and worse how tragedy repeats itself in particular with respect to human life and death. I often wonder why we have such little value for human life and why we have carried this over for so many centuries. Thank you again for sharing, it is through this regard for true journalism and the reality check we find in ourselves humanity, charity, and the stimululs to respond. Again thank you. Deena

    August 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  2. vince lasalle

    why can,t we find a way to send out troops for the humanitarian effort , to get food for these poeople in somalia. why can,t we send our tropps top portect the food shipments.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  3. Norma Varela

    Dear Mr. Cooper, As I watch your reporting about the starving people in Somalia, I cry with desparation. How can a world so rich allow this to happen. If Al Quida or others are preventing aide from getting to these people, then the countries of the world should come together to stop these evil people. I will send monthly donations, but it is frustrating to me that they cannot get the help people like me are willing to send. Please don't let these people be forgotten anymore. Keep them in the forefront until this problem is solved.
    Thank you for your excellent and heartfelt reporting.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  4. Glenn Walters

    C'mon Anderson, let's get real. While NO one wants to hear about or see starving children, what the heck are you doing in GOD forsaken Somalia. You mean to tell us we don't have starving children here in USA? Or there are not millions of starving children in India, China, ETC.

    But somehow we are supposed to feel more moved by this horrible place called Somalia where their own people are savages and terrorists?

    You are a talented guy; get the heck out of Somalia and focus on other priorities.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  5. Sue

    Anderson – good coverage on the crisis in Africa. Jill Biden and Bill Frist are doing important work – more than we can say for others in Washington.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  6. Brian

    I feel bad for those poor people. But, let's get our own house in order first. Our own country is in dire straits. Nobody is over here pleading to give us aid. Let's stop all foreign aid and pour that money into paying off our own debt before we send one more penny out of this country. Oooooooooooh! Those liberals who got us into this mess would really scream foul on that one. Thanks Ted Kennedy. Thank God your dead.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Martina

    Puts life in perspective, doesn't it? It should.

    Power plays, squabbling, blaming the other side instead of taking responsibility, unwilling to see how and what budget cuts will affect the present and future instead of cutting where there are ineffective and unproductive government: agencies, departments, services and other wasteful and unnecessary money pits that aren't even known to almost all Americans.

    There is no excuse for that kind of raging and continuing suffering in any country. Absolutely NONE.
    Helping right now with food and medicine and doctors–is incredibly important. The people who are suffering need to know how to survive once the international help subsides–and it will.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  8. Paul

    Yeah Anderson.......we get it. People are dying in other parts of the world Try focusing on your own country and the millions of homeless HERE. I feel for the people in the horn of Africa, but I FEEL more deeply for people in my own country that cant pay bills, can't find a job, can't put food on the table, can't pay the mortgage....when was the last time you paid homage to the people of your own country that can't make ends meet? The fact that we don't have flies continuously flying around our faces makes U.S. residents less important why?

    August 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  9. Wahyuni S.

    Why the rich Arab Countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc. are not going to Somalia to help their brothers who are of the same Islamic religion? If they go there disit will couraged all the obstacles done by the Islam fundamentalists for sure, So it will be more effective than the West. They had spent their money for luxurious stuff e.g. modern cities in the dessert, it is better that they use some of the funds to help their Islamic brothers. That will give good name for their religion.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  10. ken carver

    why are we wasting money on other counties the money it cost for the vice pres wife over there we need to take care of our own people now the pres oked 100 mil to africa it must be nice to have money i dont think i have a 401 k now

    August 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  11. G. Fontaine

    I think in order to stimulate donations, especially from individuals, you need to address the issue of Somali pirates head on. I think this is in the back of many people's minds, causing a negative view of Somalia in general. People have heard and read the many stories of pirates, and this impacts their willingness to donate to famine relief. This needs to be overcome iin order to save the lives of Somalis, especially innocent children.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  12. Laura Esmond

    Anderson said on the show just now to come to ac360 to find out how to help but I can't find anything that gives suggestions for providing aid???

    August 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  13. Dianna

    I was just watching Anderson Cooper's interview with Jill Biden in Somala. Is anyone else offended that she had on a cream blazer and white blouse??? How inappropriate, elitist and out of touch could she be. Did she also have on slacks and heels!!

    For the record, I am a dyed in the wool Democrat. You wouldn't have seen Michele Obama dressed like a corporate board meeting amid these poor starving people. And we are supposed to think she is credible and dedicated? PLEASE

    August 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

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