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August 8th, 2011
04:27 PM ET

Cooper: 'This famine was preventable'

Perhaps you think you’ve seen it, heard it all before. Hunger in the Horn of Africa. Famine once again spreading in Somalia. It is an old headline, I suppose, it certainly has happened before, but that doesn’t lessen the horror of it: the sickening stench of a hospital room filled with dying children; the shock of seeing row after row of tiny, freshly dug graves.

It is hard to know what to say. There are statistics of course. An estimated 29,000 children under the age of five dead in the last three months. 3.2 million people in Somalia in need of immediate, life saving assistance. Well over two million Somalis have had to flee their homes to the capital Mogadishu or to neighboring countries. The numbers are numbing.

I am in Dadaab in Kenya, near the border of Somalia. There’s a network of refugee settlements here, in fact it’s now the largest refugee camp in the world. It was built twenty years ago to hold ninety thousand people, but there are now more than 400,000 here, and tens of thousands more camping in makeshift huts on the outskirts. What’s infuriating is that there is a camp that was built in 2010 that can house 80,000 more refugees, but the Kenyan government won’t allow it to open.

They are concerned about a whole generation of Somali refugees settling here. “The only solution is peace in Somalia,” one young refugee said to me, but the chances of that are remote. In fact the crisis taking place here is not just a result of the drought which is the worst one in sixty years, and high food prices, it’s also a result of the conflict which has made Somalia one of the most dangerous places on the planet. A terrorist group of Islamic extremists called the Al Shabaab has for the last several years been fighting for control of the country. In areas under Al Shabaab’s control they’ve instituted strict sharia law, and outlawed vaccinations for kids claiming they were a plot by the West to kill children. They’ve also kidnapped and killed aid workers, and prevented them from distributing food. Al Shabaab control much of southern Somalia. And that is where the drought has hit hardest.

I was in Somalia nineteen years ago this month reporting on the famine then. Some 300,000 thousand people died and thought the US/UN intervention saved many more lives by insuring food was delivered to those in need, more than 40 US troops were killed during Operation Restore Hope. Nineteen years later, it is depressing to be back. This famine was preventable. Warnings had been issued for a long time. The drought is not a sudden surprise. In parts of Kenya and Ethiopia, agricultural programs backed by US aid have improved agricultural output and helped those nations lessen the impact of the drought on some of their people, but in Somalia it is hard to create positive change when there is no real functioning government and Al Shabaab have proven the only thing they can do is destroy and kill. We will be broadcasting from here tonight, and inside Somalia tomorrow. I hope you tune in. I know some of it will be hard to watch, but turning away does nothing to alleviate their pain. So many here have already died unnecessary deaths, they’ve died on the side of the road, away from their homes, trying to get help. They’ve died in silence, and nothing remains to show that they ever existed at all.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. IsmailM

    Thanks Anderson for bringing up the voices of those kids, Now the world can hear.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Annie

    Uncaring, unfeeling, unwilling to help; this is what we have become as a nation and as human beings. We get news and pictures in real time from all of these disaters, wars, riots, but we are not touched by them. Instead we are so ocver run with info that we no longer really see whats happening. We comment about Lindsey Lohan breaking her parole, but 29,000 children under 5 years old have died in less than 90 days and we say it's there own fault for living where they do. Someday, if people don't change and take better care of each other and this earth, it WILL be us in the same type of situation for no matter where injustice to human beings or the environment happen anywhere in the world, believe that has an effect on all of us.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Imaan

    Thank you for this coverage. This famine has been shockingly under reported. These people are dealing with real and immediate life and death issues and here we are arguing about a manufactured debt crisis.We should be ashamed! People are watching their children die. It's heartbreaking. Were it not for the accident of our place of birth, these could be our children.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  4. DDM

    We in USA/western nations have our own problems to solve and we have donor fatigue. Let Africa take care of its own, or if some more humans perish in their unsustainable lands, well, we all have to go sometime. Way too many humans and we are too destructive on the rest of the land, animals, plants, oceans anyway. Time to cull the human herd. Birth control is denied, so starve & murder one another instead.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  5. Anna

    Thank you Anderson for this report. The kids have done nothing. Is there nothing that can be done about this militant group that don't even care about starving children? Your reporting gives them a voice. Thanks for being there, even though I know it's hard. God Bless You.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  6. Lorine

    Your reporting is amazing and extremely in depth, I appreciate you covering this story and I have been following it through the International Red Cross, but seeing it on CNN makes it even more real.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  7. DLivingston

    It seems that this story just keeps repeating itself. I listen to the same reporting every six months. Anderson Cooper reads the same script. The same pictures. Dying children. Maybe it is because the US is so messed up but I feel angry. Why do these people continue to put them selves in this situation? Why have all these children and live in places that are hostile to human life. Isn't it time they started taking responsibility? I'm really getting fed up with the blame game, the fear tactics and the sympathy for people who chose to not take responsibility for their lives.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  8. Abdul

    The famine in Somalia was ongoing disaster since last year and slow response of relief agencies compounded it. At the same, it’s caused by a combination of interconnected factors: War, failure of seasonal rain that brought prolonged drought throughout East Africa, weak government, slow response from the international community. What I am afraid is that relief supplies will be diverted by tugs once again as it happened in 1992. Unless it’s safe delivery is guaranteed by donor countries and food aid goes directly to those in need. If not, it will create a major catastrophe that might bring warlords and once again re-ignite inter clan fighting in Southern Somalia.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  9. joanna

    what can they really do already when an islamic terror group refuses to allow those in need to be given aid? our hands are effectively tied and are limited to helping those who manage to get away from al shahab's control?

    August 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  10. Ron

    I hate to be callous about such a human tragedy, but Somalia has had it's population increase in numbers by 4 1/2 times, in the span of only fifty years. They have always had dificulty growing enough food for their people, although in antiquity they were wealthier, being on an important trade route at that time. Aside from that, they just cannot keep producing babies, when there is not enough food to feed themselves, and the children they already have. A famine? This was a forgone conclusion. If you cannot feed your entire population with the resources that you have, perhaps the best option is to limit their reproduction, as China has, with it's one child per couple, policy. Again, I am not being hard hearted, but their current situation is of their own making. If the world sends food, Al Shabaab will only confiscate it for their terrorists & pirates. This has happened before, with UN food relief programs.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  11. Kiano

    that Al Shaabab are out of Mogadishu the world should ensure they out of their killing business permanently...fill in the vacuum fast. All Africa should help Kenya cope with the staggering influx of the refugees.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  12. Teri

    All famine is preventable and we have a name for it; zero population growth! We breed like rabbits, our only natural enemies are our own species and are destroying the planet we live on. It's not famine; it's way too many humans to support our needs...

    August 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  13. Kathy

    what can I do to help?
    Please tell me the best place to send money, as I don't want any aid I send to get into the wrong hands or "diverted". I realize in this part of the world there are no guarantees that the food will get to the intended starving refugees with Al Shabaab interfering with aid work. But you are our eyes and ears in that part of the world, Anderson. I trust you totally. You tell me where you believe the money will do the most good and I will send it.
    Thank you for everything you do.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  14. Bob Rock

    Death is not preventeable. Only conditions are, sometimes, but the condition in Somalia probably won't change any time soon. The life extension practices by US/UN is great, but only temporary at best.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  15. Joel Weymouth

    Since it is predominantly a Muslim country, why can't the Saudis, Iranians, and Iraqi underwrite a relief effort for their Muslim brothers, or are Somalis and other impoverished Muslims only good enough to strap on a "suicide vests"? Why is it the "Christian West" that always "saves" these countries? Where is Communist China? They want to be a "World Power".

    August 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  16. Geoffrey Hamilton

    We tried feeding those people before, back in the 90's. When you kill the help, people, myself included have less than no interest in helping you. Why should we feed people who are just itching to fire RPGs and AK47s at ships, helicopters, and UN convoys? Enjoy your Islamic fundamentalist state, the only thing I am interested in bringing to somalia is more sunshine, that should water the crops.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  17. Mike Hill

    We have been sending billions in aid and food for how many years? And these people are still starving? What about our own people. My wife and I have been homeless since 2004. We have lived in our car, in motels, in dirty Salvation Army shelters, in hotels, with other people. Where is our bailout? Enough already. Use the money to take care of people here at home.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  18. Emily

    It's great that you're in Somalia to give a voice and provide photos of what it looks like there, today. With all the different tragedies that have been happening in the world, I have to wonder if there is some donor fatigue out there. Many have limited funds in recent years, and the fear that money will not make it to the intended destination - the starving people. Hoping that Anderson & the CNN Team in Somalia will provide much needed help.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  19. Stottman

    Wait, didnt we try to save Somalia 20 years ago? What happened.. Oh, wait.......

    August 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  20. Tien Le

    It is depressed to children in famine around the world, specially in Africa. I don't think it is a PREVENTABLE issue in term of what you've reported such as Al Shabaab's atrocious control. We can't help them forever unless they help themself jus like my uncle said God only helps you if you help yourself!

    August 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  21. lynn ngugi

    I'm from Kenya and it hurts to see whats happening to my neighbours but whether we like it or not, the only long lasting solution is peace..in kenya we have managed to solve the hunger problems because peace exists..peace is very important.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  22. Anthony Weiner

    Let their fellow Muslims take care of them.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  23. ED

    HISOTRY repeats.

    I learned the LAST TIME. the OUT LANDS of Somalia are unmanagable and LAW less
    I will turn off your program EVERY time I hear your business state any discussion on Somalia

    August 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  24. Mohamed Abdinur

    CNN is among the few who still have a couple of good reporters who go above and beyond the usual newscasters of today. Anderson thanks for bringing real focus to this issue. Things are hard now for everyone, economy wise and job wise ... so even if one can't help out the attention this gives this region really does put things in perspective.

    As far as who is at fault, and finger pointing goes, think of it like this; those with guns, political clout, or even a semblance of free speech are the ones who aren't being affected. It is those who are vulnerable, the kids, the women, the seniors, and generally those who want peace the most are the ones that are dying in this tragedy.

    It was preventable as this was a problem 2 years in the making. The UN, the AU, NGO's have all made cries for help to governments months well in advance ... so yes it was preventable.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  25. MikeinKenner

    Oh, and did I say survival of the fittest?

    August 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  26. Karin

    It is truly a horriffic situation in Somalia. I hope the UN an governments of the world strongly urge Kenya to open the refugee camp. It is ,however, only a temporary solution unfortunately. The situation in Africa today is to a large extent a result of the colonialism and the inability to make a positive transfer to independence. Also, education is lacking for the same reason, case in point being Al Shabaab.
    We have to help ease the famine for now. But unless there is a shift in paradigm, it will happen again and again. It is a complicated situation with no simple solution.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  27. Tim

    Last time we helped these people, they shot down our black halk and then dragged the bodies of our dead troops through the streets. Isn't their an old saying of not biting the hand that feeds you?

    August 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  28. Rev Phil Kettering

    Could we get an update on the use of Plumpy-Nut in famine stricken areas. I have been encouraging folks for several years now to help fund and support the use of this product because of the success in Niger in 2005! Anderson first brought this to my attention and I was hoping the wrangling over patents and distribution was behind us. Any news?

    August 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  29. vel

    watching doesn't help their pain either. Neither does prayer or thinking happy thoughts. God doesn't give a damn about these people. Where is the manna and the quail? The magic springs in the desert? The people chasing these people also believe in God too. Who's god is stronger?
    The only thing that will help is teaching these people that their individual invisible friends are not real and that having 9 children in an area that is desert is purely ignorant and stupid.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  30. GaryL

    I know, lets bring more and more Somalians to the states. We can drop them off in Minnesota, educate them and they can go back and fight with the terrorists. Three words, Black Hawk Down. We tried to help them once.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  31. Charles Centers

    Well, I feel no compassion for the people of Somali. We went over there once to try to help them. When we tried to take out some of the warlords that were part of the problem. Americans died and then their bodies were dragged thru the streets. I say let the ungrateful Somalis sink or swim on their own. They do nothing about the pirate land bases in their country either. We should launch rockets and wipe out every pirate base on land. Then every time a group of pirates seize a ship blow it up. It would result in the ship's crew being killed but once the pirates realized they would not receive a ransom and they would die instead, they would quit being pirates.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  32. Stephen Kohl

    Godspeed Anderson - BE SAFE !!

    August 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  33. Lisa

    Thank you for this story. Even the poorest person in America lives better then this has access to fresh water, food, and medical needs.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  34. Sophia Garcia

    Famine in Somalia, people suffering and dying. Those headlines never get old. Those are the headlines that really matter. What I'm dick of hearing about is our economy and politics and listening to B.O. flap his worthless yap. When I turn on the tv and hear the economy this, the economy that I just get disgusted. Who cares! We're the fattest, richest nation on earth and all we think about is money and what we're gonna stick in our pie-holes for dinner. I love you for going to Somalia ~ You're my hero because I know you do what you do for love, and the paycheck is incidental. I'm praying for you and for Somalia constantly. Keep reporting those stories that make people uncomfortable. Love in Christ, Sophia

    August 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  35. Sasha

    Great article; I have to say that Anderson is one of the few good reporters because he actually reports news and doesn't make a reality TV show out of it. I think it is important that he calls it as it is; yes, it was preventable and the so-called "government" over there did nothing to help the people. How do you change something like that?

    August 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  36. Burbank

    The famine was most certainly preventable. It's education about, and access to, BIRTH CONTROL that prevents famine in overpopulated countries..

    August 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  37. AndreaM

    Sure it's sad, but Somalia is a hell hole, probably always will be a hell hole, and nothing can really be done about it. If you feel bad, donate to the Red Cross/Crescent or MSF but beyond that, not much can be done. People die every day, it's the natural course. It's roulette as to were any person on the planet will be born, some get lucky and some don't.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  38. brown

    As cold as it may sound, the Somalis have chosen their path and are now meeting the consequences of their choice.

    August 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  39. Barb

    It's true, turning away does nothing to alleviate pain...ignoring, avoidance also doesn't lessen pain only makes it worse! A lot of pain & loss r avoidable & unnecessary by taking the right step! I'm speaking to u Anderson! Better late than never...I know my words r empty, means nothing but I still have to!

    August 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  40. Martin Zuluaga

    Famine? This Is a result of unstoppable corruption from politicians. How is it possible that a country in Africa with substantial space for agriculture is experiencing a food crisis. The trend is not only exclusive to the African region; the world is undergoing a silent food shortage and that does not only apply to third-world countries. The price of goods are floating in an inflationary cost throught every country and this is due to many other collateral issues some of them being oil prices and lost of rural areas in some countries due to sociopolitical problems, e.I. Guerrilla occupation of major land space in Colombia. The solution here is not a donation by good Samaritans in the U.S.A. But instead a complete reformation of the politacal structure of the world. Hard to achieve obviously. Nevertheless, Mr. Cooper is doing his part of the job by bringing awereness to the problem. And I sincerely thank him for that.

    August 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  41. Angela Jones

    Anderson, it's a horrible situation in both Kenya and Somalia. Thank you for reporting in these areas, as you will bring light to these situations and hopefully bring some good to these people! Thank you and your work is very much appreciated!

    August 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  42. Rashiid

    Anderson u r hero and u always stand behind the people when they need u

    August 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  43. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    It's good to see your writing from East Africa, in spite of the grim circumstances. Your reporting from there calls attention to the need for assistance, and to better ways to deal with recurring famine–even if the people there have also to struggle with indifference and resistance. I pray you stay safe during your time there! I look forward to your broadcast later.

    August 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  44. Ann

    thank you anderson. perhaps your influence will make some ends

    August 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  45. Susan

    It was preventable by the terrorist who refuse to let the food into the people who are starving

    August 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  46. john b

    okay ,i thhink this most outragous . why cant a few of our well known billionaires chip in and save these people . they didnt ask to be poor and hungry . if they looked at there own children mabe some compasion wouuld make dig deep. its only money you cant take it with you . GOD bless those people they must realy feel foregotten .

    August 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Carol

      You must not read much nor know about Somalia and the warlords who starve their own people. It doesn't matter how much money is spent on food, medical and other resources to assist these poor people because it will never reach them.

      August 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Jamal

      Hey why dont you pay money to save these people why is it the problem of billionaires? You seem so willing to spend their money – how about your own? At the end of the day, Somolia is overpopulated because even though the people are poor, they have as many kids as they can bringing them into an abysmal existence. The solution is for everyone in Somolia to have less children so all the countries in the world have to keep paying for their poor decisions.

      August 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Nevard

      No water no food no job. Can't fend for yourself and so can't possibly fill the needs of a child. If you don't have kids then there are none to starve, but what do they do? They have 12!

      August 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Monty

      Then what? Problems of the world are not solved by simple act of saving lives. Without education, stable political system, and productive economy (all of which are interdependent) you just end up with a large, poor population that keeps making babes and keep making war. All it does is perpetuates human misery.

      Developed nations can only provide catalyst for change. You can't force change on a population that is too uncivilized to accept it. Don't forget the circumstances that lead to Black Hawk Down... International community... and US was trying to help and we all know what happened.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • R. Hyde

      Really? That's your solution? Make the rich guys throw some money at it? This isn't a money problem. This is a cultural adaptation problem. The only way a few of our billionaires could fix it would be to hire an army and commit genocide. Don't think that's what we want, now is it?

      August 9, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • C. Smith

      Because the problem isn't that no one is giving them anything. The problem is that Al-Shabaab takes everything anyone gives them. If we give them more, Al-Shabaab will just take more. In effect, we can't give anything to the actual poor people in need, only to the terrorists that keep them in poverty.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Shmeckell

      The sad fact of the matter is there are about 1.7 billion people living in poverty and only 1200 billionaires. If they were to give all of their money away it would only be about $2,650 per poor person.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Jim

      If money saved people then Haiti would be a shining bacon on the hill....so would Africa in general.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  47. Quattrone

    I'm tired of it Anderson. Its the story that wont go away. This is a nation that shouldnt even be. They need to stop having children in the desert. And we have our own issues now, we cant afford to be the world's savior anymore. That was a bygone era and they missed their chance to put their house in order, as we have missed ours.

    If we help, we'll be helping again in 10 years, and 10 years after that. Enough already.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • terry

      WOW! When you are sitting in your air condition home, with a full belly of food, it is easy to judge other people who do not have anything. All I can say is shame on you. You ought to help instead of critized these people. May God forgive you.

      August 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Alex

      Well said. I struglle to make ends meet and feed my myself. If people can't feed their children, they shouldn't have so many. Even little birds with their tiny little brains have the sense to build a nest before laying an egg. Nature can be cruel (drought, pestilence, etc.), but we can also learn from it.

      August 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • MikeinKenner

      Quattrone hit in on target. I'm sorry they are having problems, but who are we, the 911 for the world??? We cannot pay our own bills, our debt is in question and rising, we aren't paying certain professions enough, we cannot feed our own homeless and take care of our vets, but God forbid some downtrodden country that should be given birth control has a food problem! Let's go further into debt, ignore our own problems and run out to take care of everyone else!!

      August 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Vince

      Greetings everyone,

      Quatrrone, I would say that you never turn your back on helping someone in need – even it is to at least pray for rains to come or even the thought of thinking I wish I could help- is a good thing. We should all be thankful for the breath of life; especially knowing that death is not a respecter of person, place or time.

      August 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • joanna

      and if it was your kid who was dying of starvation? would you have the same attitude or would you pray for a country like america to help you?

      August 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • DLivingston

      I 100 % agree. If they haven't figured it out by now that they have a drought every 7 years and don't do anything about it How are we going to help?

      August 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Henk in Colorado

      You're saying that they should become self sufficient and not continue to depend on handouts? Hmmm, where did I hear that recently? Oh that was from a group here within the US that the democrats also call terrorists. Full circle?

      August 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Christina,Windber, PA

      I heard the other day that Apple has more cash on hand than the United States government. If one corporation has this kind of money, there is no excuse for helping those in the world that have less than we. The sad images from Somalia goes way beyond "having less". It's our duty to help them. What kind of people are we if we would leave children to die from starvation when we can help. Maybe we can save everyone, but if it were you, wouldn't you want someone to help? Our prayers are with them, but the aid organizations need our money so they can help. I will be sure to send a contribution. Thanks Anderson for caring enough to travel over there and bring us this report.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • Kuba

      Well said.Painful ,but unfortunately true

      August 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • florence

      very good point about them missing their chance to get their house in order as we missed ours....we are drowning ourselves and have to save ourselves first before we can help anyone else anymore...my heart goes out to those people but there are so many and the problem is not going away which for one they should not be having children like they are..there has to be some control and fast because anything that goes into that pot is running back out through the many holes in it..

      August 9, 2011 at 6:49 am |
    • Raynell

      Although I understand your frustration-that is a very selfish way of thinking. In a country were Apple has more cash reserve than the state deparment. Mark Zuckerburg is a billionaire 10X's over, and a useless 10 year war being waged in Afghanistan. Something could be done to stop this femine. Africa is forgotten because she has no resources to steal. Diamond miner Debeers is one example.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • vickie

      i agree with you..it is survival of the fittest..evolution.....we have many people starving here that need help, we need to save our own country first.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • John

      What right do you have to say that they can't have kids. These people are born in a poor and war torn country. Every one has issue and as a human being we should help the people who need it the most.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  48. Rose Marakuba

    Life is depressing, cruel and sometimes infuriating, for some creatures more than others. People will not rest until they've destroyed the last life on this planet. Death is often the best way out to alleviate the suffering. Sad but true.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  49. Renett Clough

    Thank you. You are a rare breed of reporters that continue to bring important issues to world news. In the age of tabloid journalism disguised as nightly news it's refreshing.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  50. Amyloo

    "preventable"? no it wasn't ... by whom?

    August 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Laetutua

      Virtually all famine is preventable. the only things that prevent food from moving to places where people are starving is politics and hatred.

      August 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Justin

      By them not reproducing beyond what the environment could maintain. It's the same issue that we will even see in this country and other countries around the world if overpopulation continues.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:35 am |
    • Eri

      By the US. Don't you know that US help doesn't come for free? It never has. It comes with strings attached. Ummm, you want food...sure....ummm you can't govern your country anymore. We'll bring our corporations in and our banks and of course, some military bases. You will do what we say is good...and we don't care what you think. Here's some food....now hand in your freedom.

      Yes, crisis was preventable...but you got to stop using food to force surrender.
      Anderson Cooper, stop spreading lies and do some real reporting for once in your life.

      August 9, 2011 at 5:52 am |
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