We've been busy these past couple of weeks discussing the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa on the Heifer blog. This week, along with the drought discussion, we've also been reading and following the topic of child poverty in the United States. We've done a recap on the Annie E. Casey Foundation report which came out this week and a dove a little deeper into the discussion of child poverty in the U.S.
Here are some of the stories we've been passing around about famine and drought in the Horn of Africa:
- What the African press is saying about thefamine and food crisis in the Horn
- Data On Food Security Helps Ease Human Toll of Famine
- Q&A: Somalia's al-Shabaab rebel group
- Meeting on Horn of Africa calls for tacklingroot causes of famine
The Annie E. Casey Foundation report, which came out this past week, found the following:
- Poverty has increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009
- 14.7 million children were poor in 2009
- 5.3 million children have been affected by foreclosure
- 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty
So what are your thoughts? The famine and drought in Africa, the significant child poverty numbers in the U.S., share your thoughts with us in the comment section.