comprehend hunger through imagery


BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN by Lynsey Addario

BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN – MAY 2014: An Internally displaced girl stares at a severely malnourished government soldier, Jay Thiep, who was found unconscious near the airport when he was brought to the clinic at the base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in Bentiu, South Sudan, May 6, 2014. Thiep was thought to have been hiding without food for roughly three weeks in the bush following a retreat of government soldiers from Bentiu. Roughly twenty-five thousand IDPs live at the UNMISS base in Bentiu, and one million Southern Sudanese have been displaced from their homes since the start of the civil war in December 2013, pitting ethnic Nu’er against Dinka. Because of continued fighting, many have been unable to plant crops to harvest the next season, and aid organizations have been unable to preposition food in anticipation of the rainy season. According to the United Nations official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan, if the civil war doesn’t stop, and the country does not receive international aid, South Sudan will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands of people died in Ethiopia’s famine. see more Photograph by Lynsey Addario/Reportage by Getty Image

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Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis


LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — In the Bost Hospital here, a teenage mother named Bibi Sherina sits on a bed in the severe acute malnutrition ward with her two children. Ahmed, at just 3 months old, looks bigger than his emaciated brother Mohammad, who is a year and a half and weighs 10 pounds. link Photo / Film Daniel Berehulak


A defense volunteer stood on sacks of rice at a warehouse in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Thursday. Authorities launched an investigation in rice warehouses nationwide after 2.5 million tons of rice went missing from government stockpiles. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)


Hunger in Africa, without the hungry

An Oxfam ad campaign in Britain, seeking a fresh way to attract donations, features beautiful African landscapes rather than starving Africans. Some analysts say the message misses the point.

The add


Dala in the Sahel belt of Chad

Ben Curtis—AP – April 20, 2012. A dead donkey lies partially covered by the wind-swept sand in an area of desert where villagers take dead animals to avoid the smell and potential for disease affecting them, near the village of Dala in the Sahel belt of Chad. read more


‘A national shame’

Rajni, a severely malnourished 2-year-old girl, is weighed by health workers at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Center of Shivpuri district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Feb. 1. India has failed to reduce its high prevalence of child malnutrition despite its economy doubling between 1990 and 2005 to become Asia’s third largest. A recent government-supported survey said 42 percent of children under age 5 are underweight – almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa – compared to 43 percent five years ago. The statistic – which means 3,000 children are dying daily due to illnesses related to poor diets – prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to admit that malnutrition was “a national shame” and was putting the health of the nation in jeopardy.


Adnan Abidi / Reuters




The disconnect between donor dollars and rebuilding efforts. GlobalPost begins a year-long effort to answer an elusive, multi-billion dollar question: “Two years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, where did the aid money go?


The elusive enemy: Looking back at the “war on terror’s” visual culture

Last week The Guardian published an extraordinary report on how Al Qaeda is using aid to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of displaced Somalis in East Africa’s zone of food insecurity. Jamal Osman’s investigation – including a compelling eleven minute video – reveals how aid workers and medical units, including American and British citizens, are making food and money available in a refugee camp in southern Somalia…

Kenya versus al-Shabab

Foreign intervention in Somalia is damaging, according to the country’s emerging civic moderates.
Abdi Ismail Samatar Last Modified: 16 Nov 2011 08:28
The intervention of external forces in Somalia has consistently plunged Somalia into greater destruction. Is it even possible to compound the suffering of a famine-stricken population? Once again, we find ourselves at a familiar junction: Destructive, illegal intervention, the continuation of internal chaotic violence and a new indignation.

This situation need not deteriorate further.

As far as Somalia is concerned, this time calls for a new solution – that is, one that comes from neither foreign forces invading the country, nor from violent factions within Somalia terrorising the population. For those who don’t yet know, Somalia is experiencing a quiet, yet significant, change: The Somali people have found a third way; one that is a civic-minded, progressive political movement. And this effort is gaining enthusiastic support amongst Somalis inside and outside the country….

The Mayor of Mogadishu

It is one of the world’s toughest jobs, but one man is determined to make a difference in the war-torn Somali capital.

Filmmaker: Robert Elliott

Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is considered one of the most dangerous places on earth. Its two million inhabitants have endured more than two decades of conflict and today a battle rages between the armed al-Shabab group and Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Amidst the chaos of this war-torn city, Mahamoud Nur, the mayor of Mogadishu, is trying to make a difference, in part by “altering the mindset of the people”.

He left his wife and six children behind in London, where he had lived for more than 12 years, to return home to Mogadishu at the request of Sharif Ahmed, the country’s president.

This film explores Mahamoud’s extraordinary story and follows him in the days leading up to one of his most ambitious initiatives to date: a street festival celebrating Somali culture – the first event of its kind in many years and an obvious target for an attack.

Vulture funds – how do they work?

Funds who buy up debts of countries mired in war and chaos have received payouts of $1bn and are due a further $1.3bn

Lost Harvest

Photography by © Benjamin Rusnak/Food For The Poor/ZUMALost Harvest

  Oct. 22, 2011 – Cacho de Oro, El Salvador – LULIA TULEN holds a small amount of salvaged corn from her family’s plot with the hopes that she can make tortillas with it for her son, GABRIEL, 5, left.


Story Summary: Torrential rains caused by a tropical depression battered Central America for 10 days, causing more than 100 deaths. In El Salvador, more than 30 people died, and 300,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides. The effects of the latest storm will be felt for months as the rain also flooded El Salvador’s bean, rice and corn crops, dietary staples in the country of 6.1 million people. This year’s rainfall destroyed 40% of the country’s crops with damage cost estimated at $650m, equal to 3% of GDP. The amount of rain recorded was the highest in 50 years. In the past, El Salvador was self-sufficient when it came to the production of staples such as beans and corn. Because of poor harvests, the country has been importing produce in recent years. With floodwaters now sitting stagnant, authorities warn of potential epidemics, such as Dengue fever, bacteria infections and influenza outbreaks.




hunger in the horn of africa | jan grarup

The droughts affecting the Horn of Africa since July 2011 are labelled by the UN as the worst ones in over half a century, they put an estimated 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in need of relief.



Dominic Nahr: Somalia: The Catastrophic Famine (Magnum: September 2011)

There is no children’s laughter here. Most are too weak to even cry out. Almost all of the patients in the children’s wing of the Banadir hospital die within hours of their arrival of malnutrition related illnesses and diseases.

Over 2.8 million people are at risk of starvation and hundreds of thousands of Somalis are on the verge of dying, while the UN declares that large swathes of the country are in a crisis.


Dominic Nahr: Somalia: The Catastrophic Famine (Magnum: September 2011)

Somalia: Inside the Land of the Bandits

Peter Greste is the first Western journalist to truly penetrate Somalia’s badlands. Here he describes a country on the brink – and why he felt he had to return there, despite the fact his producer, Kate Peyton, was killed on his last visit.

Somalia in the early 1980 by Claudio Viezzoli

These are pictures and images from Somalia, how it was before the long war and civil unrest period, which still lasts. I shot them in the early eighties, during a time window during which taking pictures was allowed….

Starvation is a process whereby…


Kevin Carter

three months after photojournalist Kevin Carter won the Purlizer price, of a undernourished girl in Sudan, he committed suicide

source: Ad Busters UK

Eyewitness: Sea food in Somalia

Somali fishermen carry a hammerhead shark caught in the Indian Ocean through the war-torn streets of the capital Mogadishu
Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters


Somali fishermen carried a hammerhead shark to market on their shoulders in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Friday. (Farah Abdi Warsameh/Associated Press)



Kenya’s blundering mission in Somalia

Kenya, fearing damage to the tourism trade, has sent troops to secure its borders and battle al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Tendai Marima Last Modified: 02 Nov 2011 08:49

The children of Dadaab: Life through the lens

Through my video “The children of Dadaab: Life through the Lens” I wanted to tell the story of the Somali children living in Kenya’s Dadaab. Living in the world’s largest refugee camp, they are the ones bearing the brunt of Africa’s worst famine in sixty years.

I wanted to see if I could tell their story through a different lens, showing their daily lives instead of just glaring down at their ribbed bodies and swollen eyes.



A truck bombing in Somalia

A truck bombing in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu kills more than 50 people, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators continue their protest in New York and professional tennis players take the court at the China Open in Beijing and more in today’s Pictures in the News.


“The Town That Loves Refugees” : A small American town, Asian freedom fighters, Somali ‘slaves’ and survivors of the ‘killing fields’


On the Horn of Africa, summer temperatures routinely top 40 degrees centigrade. In Utica there are also often 40-degree readings — but this time it is 40 degrees below freezing during the harsh regional winters. Since their arrival in America, the Somali Bantu have tackled all of the cultural problems reasonably successfully, but in the depths of what is the first winter for some of them, it is still the weather that can be overwhelming.