subject Somalia’s Mother Teresa Fights Famine
name admin date 2011-09-15 14:52 count 1007 vote 4
contents Last March, at The Daily Beast's Women in the World summit, the heroic and courageous Dr. Hawa Abdi explained how she managed to take 1,300 acres in the middle of violence-plagued Somalia and run a peaceful community for tens of thousands who receive medical care and food. Now, those efforts are threatened and dozens are dying, with untold lives still at risk. Read about the forces devastating the community, and find out how you can help.
The 100,000 people who are squatting on Dr. Hawa Abdi’s farm in Somalia, which she has turned into one of the world’s most innovative camps for displaced people, are today under assault by both weather and war.

At the camp, the nearby river has dwindled to a trickle. This year, the rains hardly arrived before they’re ending.

“People are starting to eat grass,” Hawa said. “All the animals are dead, now it is the humans.”
The children in these photos are now inside the camp, where 15,000 kids under her care are at risk of famine. In fact, seven children die every day. Forty-nine died this past week. Seventy-seven are already in similar condition. Outside the camp, the situation is even worse. At least 2.4 million people—or three out of 10 Somalis—are suffering from famine, according to Refugees International.