As times become more uncertain we see a steady climb in natural disasters. One may wonder, what is really going on in the world today? This question may also cause us to wonder what will be the affects on me personally? As we consider these questions we should be mindful of ways to counteract the crisis that seems to be growing in size and impacting more individuals.
Let us consider what is currently affecting individuals in the regions of East Africa. You may or may not be aware of the current drought that has been prolonged in these regions. “The number of severely food-insecure people across the Greater Horn of Africa has increased to 22.9 million in February as a prolonged drought led to failed harvests…Extensive crop failures and record low vegetation, together with significant livestock deaths, are currently observed across Somalia, Southern and Eastern Ethiopia, and Northern and Coastal Kenya. The report says Western Kenya, parts of South-Western Ethiopia, parts of Southern Sudan and the Central and Eastern part of Uganda are moderately affected.” (2)
We may think that this has been the case in third world countries but how will this affect me personally. This drought may not be distressing everyone right now but as we see the uncertainty of the times we can learn from the problem that is disturbing these individuals. Keep in mind that if we are not touched at all by this current crisis we should be thinking about the condition of our hearts and how can we be so selfish as to say, “I’m not going hungry.” In addition, it would be prudent for us also to consider that it could happen to me and am I prepared for such a crisis.
“The report comes after famine has been declared in parts of Unity State in South Sudan, while the humanitarian situation in Somalia is rapidly deteriorating and famine is a strong possibility in 2017. Across the country 4.9 million people are expected to be severely food insecure from February to April, and 5.5 million by July, at the height of the 2017 lean season. ‘Severe drought, rising prices, continued insecurity and access limitations, and depressed rain forecasts suggest famine is possible again in Somalia,’ OCHA* warned.” (2)
Because of the violence in the region it makes it difficult and costly to help those in need. “…The volatile and insecure operational environment in South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and eastern DR Congo made it especially difficult and costly to respond to growing needs.” (2)
The result of such conditions is loss of life. “Somalia's prime minister said Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region — the first death toll announced in a severe drought threatening millions of people across the country.” (1)
How can we prepare for such a crisis? Although it may be challenging to overcome such an epidemic we must first learn to trust in God. Then we must begin to do something different if we have not already considered growing our own food. The easiest thing to grow that can sustain us is potato. Something as simple as this may be a life saving skill put to use.
*OCHA - The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
1. Abdi Guled (2017, March 4). Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765693107/Somalia-110-dead-from-hunger-in-past-48-hours-in-drought.html
2. Xinhua. (2017, February 28). Food shortage worsens in East Africa amid prolonged drought. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/28/c_136091886.htm