reality check: somalia (and how to help)

makeshift shelter horn of Africa via Big Picture

photo: rebecca blackwell/associated press

We rely on the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture - current stories told through powerful photography –  for a periodic reality check. The latest of the desperate famine situation on the Horn of Africa, centering around Somalia. As we find ourselves focused on HOME here, we were struck by images of makeshift shelters made out of sticks, rags, little else, there. They are at once valiant, imaginative, beautiful and tragic.

makeshift shelter horn of Africa via Big Picture

photo: rebecca blackwell/associated press

What to do?

makeshift shelter horn of Africa via Big Picture

photo: rebecca blackwell/associated press

Share what you can with relief organizations that are able to navigate a complex political situation:

Islamic Relief
International Committee for the Red Cross
Unicef

Every bit helps.

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One Response to reality check: somalia (and how to help)

  1. Cara De Silva 09.08.2011 at 11:16am #

    Thanks for posting this, Sally. I did, too. So important to keep these issues before us, along with the amazing creativity of mankind in the face of them.

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