The Hunger Hotspots- FAO –WFP early warnings on acute food insecurity’s report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) calls for urgent humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods and prevent famine in hotspot countries where acute food insecurity is expected to worsen from October 2022 to January 2023. In the Horn of Africa, over 37 million people in the region are projected to reach the third level of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale (IPC3) and higher in the coming months.
The effects of drought are particularly severe in eastern and southern Ethiopia, eastern and northern Kenya, and southern and central Somalia. This means that the population is in crisis, and only marginally able to meet minimum food needs by depleting essential livelihood assets or through crisis-coping strategies.
The Horn of Africa as the whole of the continent has suffered from calamities under the yoke of the Western colonialism for decades. It has suffered from genocide, destruction of infrastructure, looting of resources, droughts and poverty. The Capitalist regimes along with its international aid bodies are far to reach to an everlasting solution to the miseries and crises!
The real reason why people are starving in not only this part of the continent but the whole it has little to do with rain or climate-change and conflict as asserted by media and global food and research institutions; rather, it has largely to do with corrupt economic policies of the Capitalist system as well corrupt regimes and politicians who care nothing other than their greedy demands. Africa which includes the Horn part of it has enormous natural wealth including minerals, rivers, large tracts of fertile land, but, these resources are used only by corporate elites who benefit themselves while the masses end up with empty hands! The rich land of Africa has been barbarically abused, and its people are brutally starving under the watch of its leaders. This has been well illustrated by Tom Burgis in his book The Looting Machine, where he describes how raw materials abundance leads some African élites, Western financiers, nebulous Chinese interests, and even the World Bank to systematically loot and exploit African countries.
Africa will never crawl out from this deplorable situation except by expelling the West and its bodies that impoverished the land and established the triad of poverty, ignorance and disease. And it has no way out except if its people cultivate their fertile land and eat what it grows and dispense with the imported flowery solutions that impoverished the country and the people. But it is impossible for this to happen, except by addressing the crisis of governance and realizing the reality of succession on earth.
It is imperative to recognize this plight that has afflicted this region of Africa should hasten Africans to work with the global Islamic party of Hizb ut Tahrir to establish the Khilafah (Caliphate) based upon the method of the Prophethood, for it alone will protect Africa and the whole world from these catastrophes, cut off the hand of colonial interference in our lands and ensure food security for every citizen under its rule.
As a reminder, it is under Khilafah when Khalifah Umar Bin Khattab at the time of the famine in Madinah wrote to the Walis asking them to send food-grains to Arabia. Camel loads of food grains and other necessities came from Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. Meals were cooked at the State level and all people who took refuge in Madinah were fed daily at the Islamic State’s expense. According to one account, as many as 40,000 people were fed every day. Umar (ra) refused to eat meat or butter during the period of famine. His stomach would rumble, but he said:
“O stomach you may rumble as much as you like, but as long as the famine persists, I cannot allow you anything dainty”.
Media Representative of Hizb ut Tahrir in Kenya