The devastating famine in the horn of Africa continues, with much of the human suffering concentrated in the southern section of Somalia. Displaced families are moving into refugee camps. Children are dying. Governments and aid agencies are working to keep pace, but they still face opposition from Al Shabab extremists who oppose any western intervention in the country – even intervention intended to head off a disaster like this famine.
Mohamed Idris is the Executive Director of the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, or ARAHA. His organization has been active in providing aid in the area, and he has just returned from a trip to Mogadishu where he oversaw food distribution, visited a refugee camp and met with local people to understand the current needs and challenges there. He spoke with KFAI’s Shanna Gratton. [Audio below]