Friday, October 21, 2011

I am a Famine Survivor

By Amanda Koech

October 2011

Recently, I read a memoir of the life of Ahmed Ali Haile, a great Somali who I was blessed to meet earlier in Daystar University, Kenya where I attended my undergraduate studies. Haile taught me a course on Understanding Islam, a course that would positively influence my relations with Somalis with whom I work.

In his memoir, Haile narrates his experience of famine in 1965, as a 12 year old boy in Central Somalia. His family and community coped by migrating, but today’s situation with the continued conflict has clearly cut off this pattern, and the consequences are devastating.

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