Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Drought and famine have placed 12 million people on the edge of starvation in the Horn of Africa. What's holding up aid as the humanitarian crisis deepens.

The U.N. estimates more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa need emergency aid. Drought and famine in Somalia have displaced a quarter of the nation. Families sometimes walk hundreds of miles to reach over-crowded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. This week the Obama administration eased rules that placed restrictions on U.S. charity groups giving aid to Somalia. Concerns remain that a Somali-based militant group linked to al-Qaida could benefit from relief funds and supplies. But the needs are dire. The U.S. Agency for International Development says 29,000 Somali children have died in the past three months. Diane and her guests will discuss the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and what can be done to help.


Dr. Rajiv Shah

administrator, USAID.

Ken Menkhaus

professor, political science, Davidson College; specialist on Somalia.

Kristalina Georgieva

EU commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

Jeremy Konyndyk

director of policy and advocacy for Mercy Corps.

Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct and Terms of Use before posting your comments.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.