By Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
NASHVILLE (BP) – Resilient Somalis have endured two decades of civil war and two consecutive seasons of no rain. Now, with livestock and crops dead, their babies and elderly suffering from malnutrition, and food prices skyrocketing, they have given up any pretense they can survive on their own.[img_assist|nid=7586|title=Results of the famine|desc=Abderahman Dubo, 1, arrived in a Kenya refugee camp with his mother Habibo Dubo, father and three other siblings after traveling 30 days on foot from their home in famine-stricken Somalia. The embattled family members have lost their 30 head of cattle in the drought.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=424]
To get to a refugee center – a four-day trek from the border of Somalia to Dadaab, Kenya – many walk more than a hundred miles. Almost everyone passes bodies of mothers, children and the elderly – anyone too weakened by hunger and lack of water to escape with their lives.
More than half of Somalia’s population – roughly 3.7 million people, including 400,000 children – is at risk as Somalia enters the fourth month of a devastating famine. The famine, coupled with military unrest and anarchy in parts of the country, has complicated the already volatile lives of Somalis.