World Events: Highlights of February 28, 2017
Donald Trump announced that he would deliver a prime-time address to both houses of Congress. It is not being billed as the State of the Union address. . . .Three people died in a plane crash in Riverside, California. A family was flying home after a cheerleading competition. . . .The Jewish Community Centers of North America has stated that bomb threats have been made in at least twelve states. No bombs have been found. . . .SpaceX plans to fly two people past the moon and back next year. Billionaire Elon Musk said two people have approached the company and put down a deposit. . .
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Climate And Conflict Create Famine – Urgent Action Needed
On February 20, famine was declared in Unity State, South Sudan. Sources from the International Organization on Migration (IOM) and the United Nations (UN) estimate as many as 20 million people in Africa and the Middle East face dire food shortages. They add that urgent action is needed to prevent massive deaths from starvation.
How did this happen? It isn’t climatic conditions alone. Although severe drought has caused a heavy toll on farmers and the food they produce, other factors – human factors – have played a major role. You may be alarmed to know that governments have had a hand in causing multitudes of people to flee their homes.
Authorities are keeping an eye on four countries in particular; South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Weather conditions may well be a culprit in causing food shortages. But it is not the only one. Conflicts and insecurity are both cited as reasons people have no food. Both these reasons point to inadequacies in government.
Conflicts: Where there is war, people suffer. In South Sudan government forces have been fighting First Vice President Riek Machar’s rebels since 2013. In addition to war, a big problem has been the inability of African governments to control insurgents and terrorist outfits like Boco Harum. Villages have been burned to the ground. They have even destroyed livestock for no reason. A father of eight and countless other fathers tell of consequences. They could not plant anything. Now they have nothing..
Insecurity shows in the plight of millions of Africans whose government forces have been unable to stabilize their countries. Security measures,such as road blocks, have only led to more stress, according to civilians who say their governments have blocked aid from coming in.
There must be things outsiders could do. There must be ways citizens of other countries could pool resources to pull victims up and feed them. We now have leaders in western countries who lead toward isolation and hold other countries suspect. There must be a way to get citizens of other countries to realize what their leaders don’t: that to be successful in every way, everybody must have a chance…
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