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Drought, Floods, War, Global Warming Denials Leads to Thousands Dead

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:01 PM
August 25, 2011

 If the United Nations, and the NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) that are suppose to serve the extremely poor people of Somalia didn’t know that the present devastating feminine was coming, scientists say that they should have known.  Now that two droughts have hit that region in the past year, the expected seasonal rains did not come, crops have failed and all livestock has died out, and civil war, fueled by Western countries chasing militants for control of the horn of Africa continues––tens of thousands of people, mostly children and infants, have starved to death.   For NGOs, and the comparatively wealthy donors they represent, not to have acted sooner to avoid such an unmitigated disaster is shameful.  Surely, everyone knew that severe climate change from man-made Global Warming was leading to such death and devastation.
 But John Sciccitano, the project manager for the Famine Early Warning System Network, which is part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) insists: “The US made some significant allocations of food, . . . [but] the magnitude of the crisis just got so huge that it just outstripped the ability of the international community to respond.” 

 Christian Parenti, author of  “Tropic of Chaos:  Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence,” as well as “ Reading the World in a Loaf of Bread, Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and a Planetful of Trouble,” says of situations like Somalia:  “Scientists believe this drought fits the pattern of climate change — increased drought punctuated by extreme flooding—that we will see spread across the world if emissions are not cut.  But the famine is also the product of bad economic and military policies in the recent past, all of which helped cause state failure in Somalia and continue to cause famine to spread in other countries.”

 Likewise Parenti, Solomon Ksiant of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, insists:  “Forecasters two years ago predicted that there would be a famine in Somalia this year, but donors in the international aid community did not take that forecast seriously.”  He explains that sudden climate cycle changes (leading to loss of crops), and extreme weather, such as hurricanes or floods, leads to water-borne diseases, starvation––all of which fuels community divisions leading to war.

 Moreover, Chris Funk, a leading researcher on rainfall in East Africa, who calls himself a “drought detective,” told the Huffington Post, “droughts in the region are only going to get more frequent and more intense. As the time between them decreases so will the ability of the population to recover, creating what essentially amount to an accelerating cycle of drought and starvation.”  Climate Change operates world-wide, confirming of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation when war, feminine, disease and death combine to kill more than three-fourths of the billions of people living on earth!

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