August 10th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

Cooper: Anderson visits Mogadishu hospital

Editor's note: Anderson visits victims of the famine at a local Mogadishu hospital.

Filed under: 360° Radar
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  1. Clint

    Please report on how much money and food has been donated by Muslim (Islamic) countries, to the crisis in Somalia.
    Why is it just the U.S. and Western countries that must foot the bill for a crisis, largely caused by Islamic militants. Do Muslim countries have ANY responsibility to help, or are we, again, the world's only hope? The OPEC contries could solve the problem with their oil money, and not even feel it. I will not contribute simply to have the money or food go to radicals and militants, who have no regard for life or what is good.

    August 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  2. ahmed

    i just wanna say thankz anderson for let the hole world see whats going on in my country somalia and god bless u

    August 12, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  3. Sarah Angelina DeLagostti

    Its hard to believe that so many irresponsible people – that can ot even feed themselves have. Not only one child but actually have a few children. WHY? That's the real question that you haven't ask Anderson. WHY?! They know full Well the probabilities from many years ago.... Nothing has changed. The new children that are suffering. Did not need to be born. There is birth control etc. I put 90% of the blame on these people whom if they really had a heart they would have never had these children. Next. Honestly speaking. I never see black people helping black people ? If at all. Especially in the money donation area ? That was a question. Lots of wealthy football players in the USA etc around the entire world. Where are all the baptist churches now ? I ask you ??

    Italian's help Italian's the Irish help the Irish – German's – French – Chinese – Japan – Israel -Russian's etc etc so ??? Where is the rest of Africa etc I ask you ?

    Sarah Angelina DeLagostti

    August 12, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  4. Aden

    After I fled from somalia, I use 2 live in Hagadera Ref Camp over 10 years. I deeply feel what u saw out there. its not that easy to cover the sitution from Mogadishu. Thanks for putting your life in risk inorder to report the humanity crisis. that is why CNN is my favourite News all the time. Aden Minnesota

    August 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  5. Melanie

    Dear Anderson,

    Thank you for focusing on these African refugees who are dying, starving and naked.

    Why do you think the world focuses so much money and attention to Palestinian "refugees", who all have apartments, electricity, jeans and sneakers, health care, food, televisions, and plumbing in their "refugee camps", while African refugees are naked, starving, homeless, live in the dirt, and get only a fraction per capita of palestinian refugees in aid money, food, clothing and shelter and media coverage?

    While Africans get pennies, bread and water, Palestinians get billions of aid dollars, apartments, toothpaste and pasta and cheese- why the difference?

    Put a side by side photo of a Palestinian "refugee" next to a Somalian refugee- and you will question why world leaders have ignored the African poverty for so long.

    In both Sudan and Somalia, the Islamist insurgents have caused severe humanitarian crises. Thank you for reporting on this human misery and disaster of epic proportions

    August 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  6. Mostafa M. Gad

    Dear Mr. Cooper,
    With great interest I admire your contribution to humanity. In your recent appeal to the arab world for helping the somali people, you mentioned lack of help from the rich arab countries. I agree with your apeal. However, the people of Tahrir square have taken the matter in thier hands helping the Somalis. There is a mass collections by the Egyptian people as little as 1 Egyptian pound (17 cents) considering the economic hardship in the country. And that might make the difference. I am proposing that you ask the masses in the Arab country and worldwide to follow young Egyptian module.
    I trust your sincere appeal for humanity. Keep up the good work.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  7. Nancy Lilley

    Thank you for covering this heartbreaking disaster and bringing this critical issue into the comfortable living rooms of so many people. We may have "problems" in the USA but nothing like what you and your team are relaying to the world. It really puts things in perspective. Your coverage motivated me to donate to four relief organizations that you listed on your website. Your efforts to raise awareness about this desperate situation are commendable. I hope many others are moved to donate to the relief efforts as well.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  8. kelle

    This is so heartbreaking....some neighbors and I wanted to raise money and send it......where can we do that??

    August 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  9. Terrie Parrish

    Here's an idea... how about donating some proceeds from all the movies that are made to the children starving in Somalia!

    August 11, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  10. Nithi

    Powerful stories. Great journalism anderson. Congrats to u and Dr,gupta. Thank you for bringing the stories the world has fogotten to pay attention. U truly deserver every award in journalism..Keep it up.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  11. Dolores

    Well, Anderson, I will probably get busted, but I took my plea for Somalia to Anthony Bourdain's FB page. I don't mind being busted too bad, as he has more than one million fans on his page. But you have sure struck a strong chord with me. LOL, so much so that I'm willing to suffer wrath from a million people! I think you should call Tony and have him on your show.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  12. Scott Hoffman

    I am hearing that US Corporations are holding off doing anything, not just because of economic uncertainty, but because of regulatory inaction. That is, the Administration appears to want to change regulations to make things stricter, but they are finding there are reasons the regulations are the way they are. But instead of the Administration allowing "business as usual" the regulators are just not doing anything on permits or anything else.Business is left with no abiliy to move forward, and hestancy to try to do anything else. Its worse than getting a No. And now, with nothing move forward, the inactivity is hitting the economy, which in turn is now creating a 2nd recession. I would love to hear if there are facts behind this. You hear if there is anything the president can do.. the answer ius YES. He can force the agencies that report to him to accelerate and issue all outstanding permits immediately (set a deadline of all permits apps to be fully processed within X days of receipt, period). you talk about a rush to get permits approved, and thus workers back to work.

    Scott Hoffman

    August 11, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  13. Kimberly Poppen

    This is a very heartbreaking story. But for all the talk of aid and resources, I would like to have heard some info regarding the dollar amount of aid that has gone towards the effort here. Does the UN provide any tracking of what happens to all the money/food that HAS been provided? That seems to be the more important story, since this is a 19+year old story with little to no results. We know that private contributions and aid from other countries are contributing, so why no improvement? Without answers to those questions, this is really lacking any 'investigative news'.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  14. DSL

    Just watched AC360 regarding starvation in Somalia. NEVER ONCE did he mention the cause was Islamic Terrorists forcing citizens to relocate. Why is that, what kind of reporter has a hour long special report and NEVER MENTIONS the cause!

    Shamefull reporting CNN & AC!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  15. Nani rodriguez

    Dear ACooper:
    Can you recomend an organization that is working on the ground we can send individual contributions?
    I cant imagine how you feel after what you saw...

    August 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  16. cora fagan

    the famine is terrible. if these were our children in the usa.... well i would ask just what countries are helping?? I would put it on the air out there for the whole world to see. We see the problem, so now report on what is being done?

    August 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  17. tina-marie

    I WANT TO SAY WE'VE BEENING WATCHING THIS GOING ON FOR 20 YEARS !!!!!! WHY, WHY,!!! Where's there goverment at, I don't understand this, if there gov. new this was coming why didn't they step up , and take care of there people????And after 20 years no hospitals, no med's no help to there people!!!! WHY!!WHY!!!!SOMALIA CHILDEN NEED HEIP! Also there's alot of rich people out there that can give 1million dollars each, it's a tax deduction to save these kids. Get planes ,trains what ever it takes to get them food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SHAMEFUL WHAT'S GOING ON IN 2011!! GOD HELP THEM ALL!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  18. Marianne

    Anderson, No one is reporting this. Thank you for bringing it to prime time news. Hopefully many will get motivated to make a difference.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Ashley

    What is happening in Somalia is heartbreaking. But everyone I know is saying the same things. They won't donate. The Red Cross ruined it for all charities, and they also ruined it for the suffering. No one trusts charities any more after the Red Cross held money that was supposed to help the people of Haiti. People don't trust charities any more because of what the Red Cross did with Haiti.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Herbie

    Stop covering the famine in Somolia – this is a repeat of the same situation in the early 90's – civil war, hoarding of food, etc. Americans have their own problems and with the idiots we have in D.C. now, they will make it harder on more Americans. Give $$ to the US Red Cross and others like them, to help our own citizens. Remember BlackHawk Down – the thanks they gave us last time !! Leave the Somolies to deal with their own self-made problems – Their Muslim and as their saying goes "If Allah wills it, so it will be" !!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Charles : Mesa, Az

    Why doesn't Saudi Arabia step in and help these people. My G-d, the house of Saud makes Trillions of dollars in the oil trade. You mean to tell me that they can't spare a billion or more to help these people?

    August 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |

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