August 10th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Stocks Sink & Somalia's Famine Crisis: Join the Live Chat

Stocks took a beating on Wall Street, yet again. The Dow plummeted 520 points. Tonight on 360° we'll look at what's fueling the sell-off and what it means to your bottom line. Plus, Anderson reports live from Somalia where 600,000 children are at risk of starvation. 600,000. Anderson will show you just how great the need is in Africa and see how you can help. All that and more tonight on the program.

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  1. Jibril Mohamed

    Dear Anderson,

    Thank you for honoring the Somali Community's request to provide coverage for the famine in Somalia. The devastation it is causing to a whole generation of children is beyond comprehension. Somali people everywhere, including Somali-Americans, are greatful for your sacrifice in providing coverage for the famine and in appealing for support for its victims. We thank you very sincerely for your effort. You are a hero.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  2. Abdulkadir

    Somalia is richest country in Africa. Somalia has a land area of 637,540 square kilometers

    Somalia agriculture is divided into Four sub-sectors.

    1) The first is nomadic pastoralism, which is practiced outside the cultivation areas. This sector, focused on raising goats, sheep, camels, and cattle, has become increasingly market-oriented.

    2) The second sector is the traditional, chiefly subsistence, agriculture practiced by small farmers. This traditional sector takes two forms: rain-fed farming in the south and northwest, which raises sorghum, often with considerable head of livestock.(5.7 milion camels, 4.6 million cattle, 11 million sheep and 19 million goats)

    3) The third one is export and market-oriented farming on large irrigated plantations along the lower Jubba and Shabelle rivers.(Agricultural land (sq. km) in Somalia 444.000)

    4) Lastly, the fourth one is fishing farming which is mainly concentrate Artisanal Fishing system; most of the system is practice by coastal living people. (Somalia has the longest coastline in Africa, at 3330km)

    August 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Alan

    Re: should Obama call Congress back? No Way! If anything, Congress should be told NOT TO COME BACK. Their proven ineptitude makes this a necessity. The Constitution allows for The People (the Real Leaders in a Democracy) to demand a Constitutional Convention in times like these. All Democrats and all Republicans should be prorogued and let's start over!!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  4. Jon Connelly

    Anderson: tremendous report tonight on the famine threat on Mogadishu. Terribly effective with the time line of your personal reporting in Country.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  5. Mark

    Anderson, in Somalia, when we save this generation or two, will we have to save the greater number to come? Well, yes, this is the dynamic we’ve established. The outcome has been grossly proven over decades. Why are we so profound and omniscient that we decide how the people in this troubled place will live? Supporting a larger than sustainable population, we are, then, responsible for future suffering and/
    or relief.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  6. Andy

    Why do CNN and other news channels continue to give air and support to Bono's self serving celebrity as he fakes "disguest" at the lack of aid money sent to African from western tax payers and their "rich" governments while he, Bono, goes to great lengths to pay no taxes on his personal income through tax havens in Europe, such as Luxembourg. Now there is a true story CNN for your "Keeping Them Honest", and you know it, but then you guys protect your own I suppose.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  7. Kem

    Is David Gergen auditioning for Glenn Beck's job of doomsdayer-in-chief? if extending the payroll tax holiday, extending unemployment insurance payment and providing more funds for an infrastructure bank is not the right approach to stimulating more demand, tell us what is. Telling Obama to stop his campaign is a gimmick. And if Wall St. types are upset with Washington "dithering," explain to us why-after all their recklessness, greed and incompetence-we should take them seriously.How about more analysis and less hand-wringing. We can handle that on our own.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  8. Hana

    Thank you Anderson for being the voice of Somalia. I left my
    homeland country 1991 when the civil war started that's 20 yrs ago. The international community ignored Somalia and watched those Al-shabab ppl to commit genocide daily, this was predicted. Hopefuly this will learning lesson.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    when one actually thinks about what a family in somalia or kenya needs to survive, it should make us examine our own wants and needs and cause us to re-examine our own personal priorities. bono had some very good quotes, well worth remembering.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  10. john-patrick

    Good evening Anderson ,
    Thank you for showing this terrible truth ,600.000 children are dying of hunger in 2011...since months ,the news were reporting that this situation was gonna come and now .... shame on our whole world's gouvernments to have done nothing just because Somalia,this poor country has nothing to make anyone rich.Because we have EVERYTHING,THEY have NOTHING ,even NOTHING TO EAT !!!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Mark

    Sorry Anderson, but grow up. You justaposen the financial crisis story and then ask for money for Somalia. If I am worried about my world, I am not going to worry about the bigger one.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  12. grace

    prays for the somalia children and familys. Will keep post of all whats to come and about. Love Grace...

    August 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Andrew Seattle WA

    While my heart goes out to all those suffering in Somalia, I would not for even a moment entertain the idea of helping them out again. We have been there and we have tried that. We sent our treasure and our troops to do all we could and we were sent packing with our dead in tow.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  14. BettyAnn,TX

    Thank you Anderson for bringing us information about people who are suffering. That brings awareness and help! I appreciate your passion. XO

    August 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  15. Patrick Gourley

    Anderson – I just heard this guy on your show "shame us" in not being concerned about what is going on there.
    My question is why should we respond to the tragedy there only to get our money, our goods, our lives put in danger from the terrorist group alshabob (not sure if spelled right.)
    It sickens me that children die and are dying because they cant get vaccinated for measles because this group wont allow it. How barbaric -i think if we could give our money so they can get blown up would be a start to getting help that is needed. Thanks
    Patrick who is sick of hearing and seeing what's going on there-I too watch what going on in the stock market and what going on in London. Still makes me sick to my stomach–let's get rid of elshabob and then maybe more people will start to repond.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  16. Keith

    Watch black hawk down and watch those animals drag our US solders down the street. They hate us! Why not ask opec or the Arab League of Nations to help their muslim brothers and sisters

    August 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  17. Kerry

    My heart bleeds for the children and their families living through this nightmare. Why have we invested so much in fighting war and so little in preventing it?

    August 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  18. Terry mutuku, Toronto

    So sad to watch these heart breaking images. The disaster was predicted long before. it was preventable. Nothing was done to prevent it. why wait till too late? who is to blame? what is the african union doing for example? How far can Kenya stretch out to accomodate all the refugees? The country already has its fair share of the disaster. Long term food production and stocking strategies, good governance, solution to the civil war in Somalia, should be the key focus...

    August 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  19. Jasmine

    Where would I send the money, if I wanted to make donations to Somalia?

    August 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good interview with Bono!!!

    Good night Anderson, everyone and my friends!!!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!

    See you tomorrow and Be careful/safe for me, Missed you!!!! My heart breaking so hard for children!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  21. Marie

    Thanks for being there Anderson – and everyone at CNN. Great persistent reporting, as usual.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
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