Social Media is Saving Somalia.


Somali is currently experiencing it’s third major drought since 1974. The issues surrounding the drought has caused individuals to take to social media to discuss the issue so that aid and awareness can be provided to Somali, to avoid the devastating outcome from 2011. Celebrities and other social media users have taken part “in social media sensation Jerome Jarree” campaign called “Turkish airlines help Somalia”. This campaign was created for the hope that Turkish Airlines would deliver humanitarian assistance to the nation. The campaign spread like wildfire which led Turkey to agree to deliver goods by “cargo and ship to Somali, Yemen, and South Sudan.” The contribution of resources will come from individuals and turkey which will then be delivered via Turkish Airlines. Turkey is one of the only nations who have direct flights to Somali and that’s why this campaign involved the nation.

The drought affecting Somalia has been an on going issue since 1974 affecting millions of people. However, western media organizations have failed to cover or discuss the plights the nation and its people are going through— then and now. Drought affected Somalia severely in 2011 killing roughly 260,000 people from preventable causes such as famine, and outbreaks of measles and cholera. With such a large death toll from preventable causes in the region why hasn’t the media or the western world acknowledged this issue? This year another drought has affected Somali and surrounding eastern countries again. The World Health Organization has declared that 6.2 million people— half the countries population— are in need currently of humanitarian needs such as water, food, and medicine in Somali. However, the population has not received sufficient basic human resources to survive. In the last week 363,000 thousand children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 70,000 are severely malnourished children— according to Al Jazeera. Nigeria, Yemen, and south Sudan are among those affected making the grand total 20 million people.

Rahma Dalmar



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