- Created: Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:12
- Written by Charles Chinweizu
As imperialist powers jostle for Somalia’s promising oil and gas fields, organising one bogus conference after another, a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has revealed that 258,000 people died as a result of famine in Somalia between 2010-2012, including 133,000 children under the age of five. This vast human tragedy is the responsibility of imperialist policy, particularly by Britain and the US, which has destroyed Somalia in pursuit of influence in the wider region.
2010-12 famine worse than 1992
The FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network found that, between 2010 and 2012:
- An estimated 4.6% of the total population and 10% of under-fives died in Southern and Central Somalia –the areas most affected.
- Deaths included Somalis in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.
- ‘Excess’ deaths caused by the famine peaked at 30,000 per month between May and August 2011.