This is the class blog for Eng 1102 at GA Tech called "Fiction, Human Rights, and Social Responsibility." The purpose of this blog is to extend our discussion beyond the classroom and to become aware of human rights issues that exist in the world today and how technology has played a role in either solving or aggravating them. Blogs will be a paragraph long (250 words) and students will contribute once every three weeks according to class number. Entries must be posted by Friday midnight.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Somalia: Humanitarian aid must not be co-opted into stabilisation campaign
Since 1991, the
international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
has worked in Somalia to provide medical care in ten regions. MSF
have provided free primary healthcare, maternal health, surgery, response to
epidemics like cholera or measles, immunization campaigns, water and relief
MSF warns that efforts
of United Nations to integrate humanitarian assistance into the international
military campaign against opponents of Somalia’s government are threatening the
safety of Somalis struggling to survive.
is the possible inclusion of humanitarian assistance within the broader
political and military agenda for Somalia.
Somalis are struggling to obtain the basic necessities for survival, such as
food, healthcare, and protection from violence. Humanitarian assistance must be
a priority and remain completely independent of any political agenda.
Aid must remain
independent and impartial so that humanitarian organizations can try to get to
populations in need and mitigate security risks. MSF states that attempts to
further politicize humanitarian aid will put patients and aid workers in even
A lot of people
in Somalia require basic assistance, many in active conflict areas and in zones
controlled by armed groups underscoring the need for independent and impartial
humanitarian aid. Access to food and adequate medical care is severely limited.
More than one hundred Somalis cross each day into Ethiopia
to escape the deprivation, stating food shortages and insecurity as the main
drivers for fleeing. Violence and food shortages were the main reasons for displacement.
People lack access to basic needs