The U.S. made a critical mistake during Somalia’s last famine. Will we repeat it?

The Washington Post
Nairobi, Kenya

A newly registered Somali refugee outside a registration and medical aid facility at the Dadaab Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in eastern Kenya in 2011. (Tony Karumba/AFP)

Later this year, a drought in Somalia will likely become a famine. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. International aid agencies will scramble to deliver food and medical care. As usual, most of those who may die will be children.

It will be the third famine to tear through Somalia in a quarter-century, a rate of starvation unmatched on Earth. The scenario is familiar to the United States, which has intervened in the previous famines with disastrous results. This time, the United States has a chance to get it right. Continue reading The U.S. made a critical mistake during Somalia’s last famine. Will we repeat it?