A Moment for Reflection

  • Issue 83 / September - October 2011



    Is Humanity Dead?

    Ihsan Orhan

    "A once-in-a-lifetime event" or "the worst for 60 years" is how the drought in Africa today is being described. Among the most affected countries are Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Over 30,000 children under the age of 5 are already dead and toll is on the rise-at least 1.5 million people are starving. According to the United Nations tens of thousands of people have died in the drought, 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, and 3.2 million Somalis are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance.

    New Jersey-based Helping Hands Relief Foundation (HHRF) is one of those relief organizations that have quickly responded to the call for help from the Horn of Africa. Many volunteers of HHRF have already taken off to Somalia to deliver donations and food to the victims.

    The world is undergoing several major tests. The problems caused by economic crises one after another, terrorism, global warming, and others have to be tackled with immediately. But the emergency of the current famine has no comparison, and we have to act now. It is time to delay our own needs today and rush for help to the victims of the famine. This is the greatest test we as the human family have to be pass.

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