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We have a couple of points and news that we want to get through today.
One of them asked to do with the famine that we're seeing on a continent and how we can help stamp that out and and really what it means for the rest of the world.
So George -- is here he's the -- president of the US global leadership coalition.
And then joining us from our DC bureau is Dan Glickman he's the chairman of US global leadership but coalition both gentlemen I welcome you and thank you for being here this morning.
Thank you thank you first of all Dan I wanna go to you know what.
Is happening in Africa that the world needs to know about and what does it mean.
Well there is a famine and starvation and impacting millions of lives in the Horn of Africa in Somalia.
In parts of Kenya and parts of -- -- we've been through this before.
It's almost like deja Vu all over again but lot of that has been caused by the political instability in Somalia but -- huge numbers of refugees.
That are trying to move out of Somalia and -- going to Kenya.
All sorts of political terrorism that's basically happening there and they're agriculture systems have been a total failure so there's just.
At risk are millions of people of dying because of famine and starvation.
George one of the things that we've seen in addition to some of the tough pictures are coming out of that part of the world.
Is militants and places like Somalia and and you.
All over that region really where people are suffering you'll see and in Sudan where people are suffering you'll see them say well you know.
We'll pull back bullet the -- coming in and then they change their minds what what is really problematic for what is the challenge for for the UN at this point.
Well I think the major challenges and only to provide humanitarian assistance now but deceptive ground work for not having a recurrence of the famine in in ten years and that -- seems to me.
We can do when and the reason I'm confident we can do it is that we -- we have done it effectively in neighboring Ethiopia.
A lot of differences between Ethiopia and Somalia including the presence of terrorists and that are much more much more visible in Somalia but if we.
Look at the famine that occurred in in Ethiopia in 2000 and then to.
There were thirteen million people who were in danger starvation.
Because of steps taken in the last ten years there are only -- four and a half to five million people who are in danger of serious malnutrition is here.
Let me just mention because -- International Rescue Committee has been on the ground in in Ethiopia during that whole period.
Good I'll mention a couple of interventions -- really make a big difference one is working with communities.
And with Ethiopian government.
To build a sustainable water system so that there is capacity to store up water during times when there is water and have it available even during times of famine.
A second example is to work with -- -- so that they can store.
Feed in cereal banks that's available.
When there is -- acute shortage so that animals don't old guy.
Third example is training community health workers.
-- Ethiopians not others who.
And can work with communities in sanitation and hygiene and then preventing them the outbreak of cholera and diarrhea which takes many lives in such as -- to I think we need to.
Of course respond and the and the immediate emergency in Somalia now would do it with a view toward.
Occurrence of this you know having been a part of the world the last few years I can tell you from personal experience that what you're describing is simply setting up a government and and I don't know that we can do that.
Having quite frankly when you talk about and I kicked them off here setting up sustainable water supply serial banks and training community health workers.
Going to some -- -- ground places that I've been to that starting from negative zero that's starting in negative now I mean you -- grow government and.
I I think that's -- and completely accurate comment and one of the reasons for the differences between Ethiopia and Somalia is not only if there's been ten years of preparation so there isn't a recurrence.
But also because there's a viable government that it's taken this seriously that -- worked with the international community to Somalia.
Poses a really huge challenge because at this point there has been no government -- for two decades and that means.
Of role that the international community has to play in helping to comes.
That government Ari can I heard you take a deep breath go ahead after I think I'm sorry about my breath but.
I take two at two comets I would make him and light of what they excellent comments -- make today.
We're celebrating or not celebrating and commemorating the terrible tragedy of ten years ago that over this weekend -- -- 9/11.
And and and part of that has to do with.
Conditions around the world would cause.
The politics -- fester of the politics of despair.
And and of course economic disaster.
And so both the United States as well the United Nations have are trying to -- Become a more modern more aggressive more progressive and efforts to engage.
In particularly as it relates to building self sufficiency and agriculture food and other basic institutions the US -- Put in about 600 million dollars so -- -- into this into this famine area the United Nations through the World Food Program has been very very aggressive in this area.
But we cannot withdraw.
I think the big lesson of what's happening in in that this the Horn of Africa as well as looking at the whole implications of 9/11 is.
And America would which -- draws.
Is in America which not only helps humanitarian assistance in the world but also increases our own influence in the world as well.
Yeah I don't think anybody had I've heard or read is talking about withdrawing I think that there is a little push back on.
Being able to Trace that 600 million -- -- some of that money and and maybe put some strains on -- money so that we know exactly where it's going to and then really talking responsibly about what can be done.
And what we should be doing what other country should be doing now that I've been reading.
Well well and -- and actually the United States through its feed the future initiative editors through USA -- and particularly secretary Clinton's leadership in this area.
You know I don't work for the government I don't have to say these things but the fact -- matter is is that we have begun the process if engaging self sufficiency in the developing world which is what is needed long term in order to get some progress.
-- look at these pictures and tell you until you see it firsthand.
You have no idea what a little effort on our part.
Can achieve over there it is -- and these children are just beautiful it's really really heartwarming to see.
That we're trying and and some of that is being is making a difference.
-- opinion page on foxnews.com.
Is all about -- what it means to us how we can help.
How we can prevent this George put it so beautifully exactly the steps that have to be taken now we have to embrace that.
Reality of what is possible go to foxnews.com click on the opinion page and find out more gentlemen George -- and Dan Glickman thank you both for being with us.
Thank you very much --
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