Famine and Conflict in Somalia: What can bring relief?

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Caught between political instability conflict and violence whilst
famine and drought destroy the people and the land there is
seemingly little that can be done to bring relief to Somalia Aid
envoys have been restricted from reaching over 2.2 million refugees
in the Al-Shabab controlled region of South-Central Somalia and
refugees have to brave fighting in conflict zones in Mogadishu in
order to collect food provisions. As land access is blocked the UN
is considering airlifts to distribute food and water to the
refugees. Aid agencies have been criticised for not acting sooner
and making provisions for prevention as the famine and drought in
the Horn of Africa were deemed “predictable.” Does the
international aid system need to step up its efforts and produce a
more coordinated response? And what lessons can we learn for the
future about prevention rather than cure? Join us at the Frontline
club with an expert panel to discuss the role of the international
aid system and what more can be done to bring relief to this war
-torn and famine-stricken country. Chaired by Mike Wooldridge BBC
World Affairs Correspondent. With: Abdi Garad chairman of Central
Committee of Somali National Party (Hanoolaato) a grass root based
non clan non regional and diverse political movement. He is
actively involved in humanitarian work through local Somali NGO
Markabley Development Trust and worked with the UNISOM mission in
Somalia from 1993-95. He is currently in southern Somalia working
at a feeding famine victim centres. Jehangir Malik is the UK
Director of Islamic Relief an international aid and development
NGO. It has a significant presence in East Africa and has been one
of the few agencies to get into South Central Somalia. Duncan
McLean operations manager at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans
Frontières (MSF) based in the United States. He manages MSF
programs in Nigeria Uganda Haiti Ethiopia and Somalia. His work at
MSF has included Head of Mission in

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  • relief
  • state
  • Nations
  • conflict
  • aid
  • failed
  • al-shabab
  • famine
  • Somalia
  • humanitarian
  • United