By Maryam Hussain

You’re sitting in class thinking, “When’s lunch?” Fifteen minutes go by. In this amount of time, a child in Somalia has died from preventable causes such as malnutrition, food security, and disease. Over 9,925,640 people live in Somalia. People like us. People who may not speak the same language or look the same but are fundamentally like us.

A question being asked worldwide is this: “Why is there so much suffering in Somalia?”

There are many answers to this question, famine being the main cause. Many people also say it’s because of the revolutionary movements against the government or lack of economic support from other nations in the past. We hear people on the news talking about Somali pirates but what’s their impact on the life in Somalia? The pirates took over the government and now the Somalis are left without a functioning government. The pirates have dominion over food, clothing, weapons, and cars. The majority of the goods come from the black market. For many years, more than 63 percent of the population has been below the poverty line. The people are being denied basic things we take for granted, such as education, health care, even basic resources like food. The majority of the people go without eating anything for days. Is action being taken?

The reason for this article isn’t to make you feel sad, but to make you aware of the situation. I have given you the facts, now it’s up to you to decide what to do with them.