Twenty Years Later, Somalia's Grave State Continues

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 01:36 AM

Displaced Somali families receive food-aid July 25, 2011 at an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp in Mogadishu. (Mustafa Abdi/Getty)

John Hockenberry went to Somalia in 1992. Hunger, armed Islamists, and drought were taking a heavy toll on the country — just like they are now. In his latest video, Hockenberry talks about the experience, and how news of famine and difficult challenges to delivery of aid in recent weeks sounds far too familiar in a country still desperate for help, and plagued by those who undermine it. 

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Luli Hassan Ali looks after her two children in a clinic near Dadaab.
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Refugees gather materials in the hopes of making shelter outside of Dadaab, passing the carcass of an animal killed by the drought.
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Unidentified woman & children live in the Dadaab refugee camp where thousands of Somalis wait for help. August 15, 2011 in Dadaab, Somalia.
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A young girl stands in front of 70 fresh graves for children who died of malnutrition, exhaustion, and other famine-related ills in Somalia.

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