Today, you will be an investigative reporter and you will be collecting research for a story on the famine and humanitarian crisis in Somalia. Like most Americans, you know a good deal about the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” Battle of Mogadishu and have heard of the Somali pirate attacks. But most Americans’ knowledge of Somalia stops there. You are going to change that with your research. You need to CHANGE the attitudes of Americans by your research, and show the average American that Somalia’s situation is extremely complex and does not stop in 1993, and also that ordinary people can play a role in helping the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
WARNING: Some of the images you will see are quite graphic and disturbing. But to tell this story accurately, you need to see what is actually happening right this moment in Somalia.
Stop #1: What is the current situation in Somalia?
Questions to consider include the following:
- What environmental factors are causing problems in Somalia?
- How is Somalia still not unified today, and what problems does this cause for people who live there?
Resources to use include all New York Times coverage of the famine in Somalia, including not only news stories and photographs, but also the editorial “Starving in Somalia”; the videos “Driven by Drought” and “Somalia’s Child Soldiers”; and the graphics “Somalia: A Country Broken Into Pieces” and “Conflict Exacerbates Drought and Famine in Somalia.” and the TimesCast video “Photographing Somalia”
Stop #2: U.S. Involvement today in Somalia
In January 2014, the U.S. sent advisers to Somalia for the first time since the “Black Hawk Down” incident of 1993. Read this article and answer the following question:
- Why did the U.S. send advisers to Somalia, and what are their goals?
Stop #3: How YOU can help!
Nothing is worse than reading about horrible situations and feeling powerless to help. In many ways, raising awareness can go a FAR way in helping in Somalia. The more people understand the situation, the easier it will be to pressure lawmakers to take action, both here in the U.S. and in the U.N.
View the following ways to help by visiting these sites:
Now answer the following question:
- What are at least 3 things that YOU can do here (in Rocky River!) to help alleviate the suffering in Somalia?