Social media has become one of the most powerful tools on the planet, the influence it maintains over the world’s populus is astounding. One of the pro’s of networks like Twitter is that an individual is given access to a cultural thermometer, you can see what the world is currently interested in, cares about or is enraged over. The trending topics on Twitter today included; #scarymovierulestoliveby– just in case you find yourself in the next Saw movie or Scary Movie 17 and don’t want to end up the dumb dead girl, #whenImsmack– and to be honest and unashamedly uncool, I’m clueless as to what that means but have a feeling it’s about drugs or alcohol, and #imthetypeofperson– which is an ongoing shoutout to what people think is so great about themselves.
This is interesting to me for one large and inexcusable reason: We are in the midst of one the largest humanitarian issues to face the 20th century. Understandably, we have heard that over and over again within the last few years. If it’s not a natural disaster killing thousands of people, it’s a preventable disease. It seems every time humanity almost gets back on its metaphorical feet another strike blows us over. The famine and drought in the Horn of Africa is no different from the rest of these issues: the magnitude of the need is staggering, the people are desperate, the conditions are worsening. The only difference here, no one seems to care. Social media outlets are almost devoid of any forthright acknowledgment of this tragedy, NPR lacks even one link to any sort of report regarding the Horn on their homepage today, and news sources are so plagued by the debt situation in America they refuse to place importance on this pesky issue.
As of yesterday in southern Somalia ALONE, around 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last 3 months. There are over 400,000 displaced peoples in Daadab, the Kenyan border camp that is housing 7 times it’s capacity in refugees. Over 2 million have had to leave their homes in hopes of finding assistance. The death tolls are rising, medicine, food, and water are lacking and hope is fading.
So here we are, on the precipice of a decision that could save the lives of thousands, hundreds of thousands even. Are we as the human race going to take a stand against poverty, starvation and thirst? It’s natural to respond in the moment, when an earthquake hits or a tsunami wipes out a country, it’s not as easy to fight against the rising momentum of what seems to be a waking giant. But, it starts with one meal, it starts with one cup of water, one dollar.
If you don’t know where to start, who to give to, or what your part is in this check out World Help’s information. We have 2 containers of food prepared to ship, in the last 24 hours we’ve been able to raise the funds necessary to send one container, but we have a long way to go. Consider donating, raise awareness, pray for rain…