Guest essay by Eric Worrall
After a decade or more of civil war smashing national infrastructure and devastating their once thriving tourist industry, apparently it is the carbon demon’s fault Somalis are struggling to feed themselves.
Climate Change Is Benefiting Terrorists In Somalia
Oct 27, 2019, 08:34am
Almost half of all people in Somalia don’t have enough food, according to Save the Children. The factors are complex, but a core one is the persistence of drought, combined with erratic weather like the recent floods in the Hiraan region.
So climate change is making life more precarious in Somalia, which is already dealing with decades of civil war and the displacement of 2.6 million Somalis displaced from their homes. And militant groups are exploiting these vulnerabilities, according to a new policy paper by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), “Climate-related security risks and peacebuilding in Somalia.”
“Somalia is among the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world,” authors Karolina Eklöw and Florian Krampe write. The country has some of the highest mean annual temperatures in the world, and heavy winds damage infrastructure. Drought has been devastating, uprooting 53,000 people. It has also reduced the food supply, increased food prices and hunger, and made coastal groundwater more saline.
But Somali mechanisms for resolving conflicts and responding to environmental crises have been hurt by war and displacement, including the migration of elders and traditional authorities. “Although herder and farmer clashes have always occurred, they are now harder to solve,” the SIPRI paper notes. Whether people are fleeing conflict or climate crisis, or the complex interplay of the two, social and political structures are being massively disrupted.
Here’s a thought, maybe if they stopped blowing each other up, kidnapping and killing tourists, and destroying infrastructure, they might have time and money to build a pipeline from flooded Hiran to arid coastal regions, to carry flood water to farmers suffering drought.
via Watts Up With That?
October 28, 2019 at 08:30AM