08/17/11 - 8:59am
This is not the column I had planned. I do not have a plate of delicious food for you to look at, nor recipes to try. My appetite and energy for cooking are not here today. As I write this, half a million children are starving, or near death, across the northeast Horn of Africa in the countries of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. While conditions such as drought (the worst in 60 years), armed conflict and rising food costs may have forecasted the catastrophic famine that exists, few could have predicted the death of 29,000 children, in southern Somalia alone, in the past 90 days.