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Report: ‘Frail Face Of Famine’ Somali Child Expected To Recover

On the show today, Sinead Murray, an aid worker in Kenya with the International Rescue Committee, told guest host Jacki Lyden that doctors in the Dadaab refugee camp say that Mihag Gedi Farah, called the “Frail Face of Famine” by the Associated Press, is expected to recover.

Jacki Lyden: This little baby weights only about half of what he’s supposed to. What else can you tell us about this baby?

Sinead Murray: I was just talking with some health colleagues there and apparently, Mihag is starting to breast feed and he is showing signs of improvement. I think that over night that his weight dropped a little bit because of diarrhea, but he’s on the mend. And the doctors are confident that he’ll make a recovery. He may be the face of the famine, but he’s just one of countless children here that are severely malnourished and really need immediate assistance.

The Associated Press reports that “at only 7 pounds, he weighs as much as a newborn but has the weathered look of an elderly man. Mihag is just one of 800,000 children who officials warn could die across the region. Aid workers are rushing to bring help to dangerous and previously unreached regions of drought-ravaged Somalia.”

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  • Tomasina

    I can only hope that far more of Somalian children die.  The idiotic NGO’s that are involved are only making things worse by saving over population that would be in balance were it not for Islam and ignorance.  No matter what you do it will simply ratchet up the problem for the next famine.  Dust them with poisons and wipe them out.  We don’t do nearly enough in our own country to help us too, why piss this money down an African sewer in where the last thing they would do is use abortion or sterilization, it just making things worse for ecology.  Exterminate them!

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  • Crummyverses

    Thanks so much to Sinead Murray and his compassionate and courageous heart-mind. His strength in the midst of this suffering is remarkable, inspiring. Thanks too to Jacki Lyden for her obvious smarts and skills. No words can express, however, the deep feelings I have of seeing photos of this impovershed child. Of course there was no mention of “God” during the interview. I find it very hard to imagine a loving God when there’s this kind of suffering. May I aspire to emulate Mr. Murray in my words and actions. May it be so.

    • Sarahmuff

      No, God was not mentioned.  but i believe God was present in the loving actions of both Sinead and Jacki as they bring to the world’s notice this famine and its victims, and hopefully, inspire their readers and listeners to do what they can to help. 

  • md

    Thank you for the update.  It always pains me when pictures of suffering are presented anonymously; I am glad to have this back story and would welcome further stories on his development.  

  • Livingwellness

    I am listening to the rebroadcast this afternoon.

    Being a legislator is all about compromise, in my mind. I blame the Tea party hard-liners for being full of themselves and inexperienced for all of the drama. Their inflexibility isn’t even adult. I have negotiated labor contracts, mediated community disputes, have a graduate degree and work at being an informed voter. 

    The new body of legislators outlined in the plan being considered this hour and yet to be formed will be telling about who those legilators reallly are. We cannot cut our way out of this economic hole and we sure would be suicidal to lock into a balanced budget because it would erase the federal government’s ability to pursue countercyclicalfiscal policies when the opposite would be required at a given time.

    I have two thoughts about governing politics. Politicians play to what we want to hear so the finger points to we voters. On the other hand, our leaders and their big egos have historically lied to us to their own gain – hand in hand with big money.

    I support the President and will work vigorously for his re-election because he fought for the middle class just as he said he would during his last campaign. Was/is he perfect, of course not, but he did try to do what he said he would. Those of us who have slipped backwards for decades are in dire straights with no employment or underemployment.

    I do not support jobs at any cost. We can and must do better than that.  I do not support companies not paying U.S. taxes upon re-entering their massive profits earned elsewhere. We need to stop patenting food sources. In the name of jobs we must not destroy our most vital resource – water (e.g. fracking, harmful chemicals,
    misuse and overuse).

    We need to listen for the ability of each legislator and the President to compromise to strengthen the middle class and support the poor and disabled.

    I am a well-educated, very young and active 65 life long learner without a prayer for earning a livable wage again no matter how much retraining I do. I want to work and achieve. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/felix.scott2 Felix Scott

    The rich are not even going to get wet. The middle class that has been cut down in size will get soaked. I am pleased that the Republicans and Democrats were able to work together enough to raise the debt ceiling and save the country from financial ruin. The Democrats gave up a lot and the Republicans got the best end of the deal. I appreciate the pictures and story on the poor unfortunate starving baby in Africa. I am pleased to learn that the child is expected to recover and would welcome futher up dates on this childs development throughout its life.Thank you

  • Gksp

    This is hardly uplifting or relevant, as what he represents is not recovering.

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