Yes and no.
Somalia desperately needs international aid to provide short term relief. We have to look at the causes of the famine, and the main causes are drought and conflict. This means that, at this moment in time, international aid is the best possible option.
In saying that, there needs to be a permanent solution and there need to be methods of prevention. Something like this cannot happen again in Somalia. Twelve million people have been left hungry, so I really hope Somalia, and all of the world, can learn from this now to ensure it doesn't happen again.
The Somali government needs to first rid its nation of conflict and then establish a democracy that is better able to respond to crises such as this. There need to be institutions in Somalia that are more capable of resolving the nation's issues of both food production and food access.
Another problem in Somalia is the state of chronic poverty suffered by the people there. There needs to be greater investment in basic infrastructure, e.g. roads, communication networks, etc. This will better enable to people of Somalia to cope when they find themselves in positions like this. It'll also increase employment in the country. Somalia needs to do more than just come out of this famine. Recovering from this is the first step and after the Somalia has suffered such a great tragedy, we should hope they can find some good amongst the evil and use this awful experience as a learning curve.
Somalia deserves a better future. International aid can only help improve the present.
· 8 years ago