Humanitarian crises can make the headlines–especially if there are cruel and horrifying images accompanying the catastrophe. But Somalia appears to be a story that is losing attention, even as things continue to spiral downward with failed politics, ineffective governance, and a lawless operating environment for NGOs. Jeffery Gettleman explains:
As the East Africa correspondent for The New York Times, my assignment has been to chronicle the current famine in Somalia, one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the last two decades, hitting one of the most forlorn and troubled countries in modern times. My job is to seek out the suffering and write about it and to analyze the causes and especially the response, which has been woefully inadequate by all accounts, though not totally hopeless.