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This fall, we’re kicking off our Starved for Attention campaign again with a traveling exhibit that will recreate a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field hospital specializing in the treatment of malnourished children, just like those used by the organization in malnutrition “hotspots” such as Somalia, Niger, Burkina Faso, India, and elsewhere.

Coming to New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Details here.

Photos: (1) Burkina Faso, 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII (2) A similar exhibit that toured Italy earlier this year.


MSF staff tend to a Somali mother and her child in Liben, Ethiopia. The thousands of Somalis who have left for Ethiopia in the last few months have done so mainly to escape drought and famine. The terribly overcrowded conditions in camps heighten the risk of epidemics. With food, water, and sufficient sanitation in short supply, many of the children need care for persistent diarrhea and respiratory infections.

Ethiopia: Thousands of Somalis Fleeing Famine And War Continue to Arrive

Photo: Ethiopia 2011 © MSF


Ewan McGregor races in Artemis Challenge in team Boss for UNICEF’s East Africa Children’s Crisis Appeal, 10 Aug 2011.


Ewan McGregor races in Artemis Challenge in team Boss for UNICEF’s East Africa Children’s Crisis Appeal, 10 Aug 2011.

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler is to play for Celtic in a charity match against Manchester United to help raise money to tackle famine in east Africa, the Glasgow club has announced.

The lifelong Celtic fan will pull on the famous hooped jersey for the first time in the “legends” charity match, which will see a host of former players and celebrity fans from both sides battle it out at Parkhead on Tuesday.

A club spokesperson said The Bounty Hunter star is “delighted at getting the opportunity to play at Celtic Park”.

The 41-year-old Paisley-born actor, who rose to fame in action film 300, will be joined in the Parkhead side by Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and manager Neil Lennon.

Former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton, boxer Steve Collins and The View band members Pete Reilly and Kyle Falconer will also be in the line-up.

Meanwhile, former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan will pull on his former jersey to suit up for Manchester United.

He will be joined by Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to raise money for the crisis.

Other celebrities playing for the visitors include singers Richard Ashcroft, Tinchy Stryder and Simon Webbe and former Have I Got News For You host Angus Deayton.

Celebrities including Billy Connolly will also be at Parkhead with collection buckets, encouraging Hoops and United supporters to help ease the suffering in the Horn of Africa.

A share of the proceeds will benefit former Celtic defender John Kennedy, whose career was cut short by an injury sustained during a Scotland international match against Romania at Hampden Park.

Celtic manager Lennon said he was “very excited” about the match.

He said: “Manchester United have had some great teams over the years, and a lot of the players will be turning up for that.

“The history of our club was that it was started as a charitable organisation for Irish immigrants in Glasgow and we have carried that through year after year on donating to charity ever since.

“We just hope on the night it’s a great occasion and we get a lot of people through the turnstiles.”

We are living in plight, we left our homes, lost our animals and farms so we ask everyone to help us to survive,We are starved and we don’t have enough help,” she said. “Who’s helping us? No one! So we are already between death and bad life.

Abdi Muse Abshir said. Lul Hussein, who has five children, said her family had a sleepless night after their makeshift home crumbled.

_Tens of thousands of famine-stricken Somali refugees were cold and drenched after torrential rains pounded their makeshift structures early yesterday in the capital, leading to appeals for aid.(Full)

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Horn of Africa Crisis: By the Numbers

Graphic by Rich Clabaugh/Monitor staff


An MSF ambulance arrives at the reception center at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya to pick up patients urgently in need of medical attention. Many Somali refugees, especially children, arrive at the camp dangerously malnourished; some do not survive the journey. (Photo: 2011 © Brendan Bannon)


The nation is experiencing its worst drought in two decades, and 11.3 million people need humanitarian aid as food prices continue to rise and supplies dwindle. The good news is that you can donate. If you need any convincing, this should do the trick. (via BuzzFeed)

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Over the last week we have sent over 1,300 metric tonnes of emergency supplies to Somalia, including medicines and enough Plumpy’nut life-saving food to treat over 66,000 malnourished children.

But this is not enough to reach every child in need.

Please, help us spread the word about the children’s famine in East Africa

(Photo: ©UNICEF/Somalia/2011/Mony)

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The faces of the East Africa famine

Newly arrived refugees wait for aid at the refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border. Photos were taken by Reuters photographers.

Watch Al-Jazeera English: Organizations providing aid to Somalia face scrutiny

Listen to NPR: Aid Trickles In To Famine-Ravaged Somalia

Read the BBC: Fighting in Mogadishu after aid delivery

Monitor coverage on Somalia

Tumblr’s Somalia featured items