I don't have the opportunity to say good things everyday, so I must say..... I am glad ABC decided to focus on the crisis in Somalia. In fact, I liked your story, Somalian Refugee Camp’s Airlift, so much that I watched my favorite parts 3 times.
Okay, I admit it, I skipped through the opening with the starving people because relief missions seem temporary and the need seems never-ending.
You know what I liked about your coverage? It focused on the positive outcomes! It showed results! My favorite part of your story was the baby who was sitting up. What a cutie!!! For a moment, it made me again believe sending aid to these people actually achieves results.
If you get to the point where this cause seems hopeless, and most people do, try think of the aid which will come later because of ABC's coverage.
How about a little credit where credit is due?
How about giving Christian relief organizations in Kenya & Ethiopia a little pat on the back for all their hard work? They have been conducting drought relief efforts since the drought started in eastern Kenya in 2008. They had done a lot of thankless and difficult work..... Some of it, while working at the Dabaab Refugee Camp.
They have faced an overwhelming need, secular indifference and in Somalia's case, govermental antipathy. This is why the situation remains so dire. It would have been worse.
Somalia's extremist Islamic government under al-Shabaab, is partly to blame for the severity of their situation. He kept Christian relief groups out of their country. Actually, his troops did SHOOT at workers for the CRWR. He kicked out the World Food Programme for being too Christian.
Last year, World Vision spent an estimated $40 million in the region. The Adventist Development and Relief spends $12 million per year in Kenya and Ethiopia. There are many others. Catholic Relief Services doesn’t publish numbers per country, but their Operation Rice Bowl has been underway for many years. Christian NGOs have had grass roots efforts since the drought began.
Whereas, the UN declared it a disaster area last week. So, who was late to this party???