Dan Maxwell and LSE researchers publish in Aljazeera on potential famine in Somalia

January 2022

Dan Maxwell teamed up with Nisar Majid and two other London School of Economics Research Associates to publish an opinion piece on Aljazeera on January 8, 2022. The authors implore “To avoid a repetition of the 2011 famine disaster, we must act now.”

The article begins:

“In July 2011, the United Nations declared a famine in Somalia which attracted the attention of major news outlets across the globe. This declaration was issued during the holy month of Ramadan, which gave it added resonance in the Muslim world and contributed to massive fundraising efforts.

While the UN’s announcement helped mobilise people and governments across the world, the international community perceived it as having come too late, leading to a delayed scaling up of humanitarian assistance. An estimated 258,000 people – mainly women and children – lost their lives because global action was late.”

Read the full article here.

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