Join a Discussion on the Response to the Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 28, 2011
Replay: Conversations With America: Responding to the Crisis in the Horn of Africa

On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson will hold a conversation with Sam Worthington, President and CEO of InterAction, on the crisis in the Horn of Africa. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and streamed live on www.state.gov and here on DipNote at 1:30 p.m. (EDT). You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions in the comment section of this blog entry.

Through Conversations With America, leaders of national nongovernmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior State Department officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the State Department on pressing foreign policy issues. From Afghanistan to India, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and internet freedom to world water issues, the Conversations With America series showcases how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.

View other Conversations With America here and by accessing the Conversations With America video podcasts on iTunes.

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Ronald K.
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Uganda
September 28, 2011

Ronald K. in Uganda writes:

What are your plans for Eritrean president Mr. Isias Afewerki and his deeds in the horn of Africa? Don't you think he's stirred more trouble there than calm?

ISUBA E.
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Kenya
September 28, 2011

Isuba E. in Kenya writes:

Yoths in kenya should keenly amalgamate their efforts with a vibrant aim of relieving our society from the detention of the egocentric handful conservative politicians. If you are pro-this view please say your yes to the anticipated change.

Jerome M.
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Canada
September 28, 2011

Jerome M. in Canada writes:

Do you think an armed action could be nessesairy against armed groups who are blocking humanitarian aid like Al-Shabbab ?

Quan
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California, USA
September 28, 2011

Quan in California writes:

With the drought worsening conditions in the Horn, do we expect an increase in pirate activity off the coast of Somalia and how do we expect to respond to that increased threat?

rasaq o.
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Nigeria
September 28, 2011

Rasaq Ibrahim O. in Nigeria writes:

let hear want can benefit us. because most africa need help

john
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United States
September 29, 2011

John in the U.S.A. writes:

Shouldn't the State Department actively espouse the claims of American expropriation victims in this part of the world, when corrupt governments are the main obstacle to development and stability?

Hannah
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Illinois, USA
October 3, 2011

Hannah in Illinois writes:

Is this occurring because there is a land grab by China or the oil hungry Arabs to amass more land with oil? Why can't food be shipped to these starving people??

Abdirizak H.
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Kenya
October 1, 2011

Abdirizak H. in Kenya writes:

Dear Sirs,

The Horn of Africa had a long history of droughts and what changes dry seasons into a fullblown famine seems to be tyranical local authorities. Throwing food aid into the region helps reverse the hunger but it doesn't solve the recurrent problem. Is the US willing to help Somalia in overcoming Alshabaab and in putting in place a better and democratic government? That would go a long way in addressing the famine cycle in the long term-term. Thank You

Mustakim W.
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Somalia
October 2, 2011

Mustakim W. in Somalia writes:

Dear Assistant Secretary of State,

With the political and humanitarian crisis continuing at a devastating rate, isn't time that the U.S government and other key international players took the bold decision of trying to get Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to negotiate with Al-Shabbab, just like the Afghan government are negotiating with the Taliban – in order to try and find a peaceful way of solving the political crisis while also saving the millions of people currently still starving in South Central Somalia?

Thank you!

Eunice D.
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Maryland, USA
October 2, 2011

Eunice D. in Maryland writes:

Thank you for another opportunity to join this worthy discussion.

Considering that women are first and foremost expected to cater to the needs of their families before theirs, what assurances do aid agencies have to ensure that in the Horn of Africa, women's health issues are not ignored and neglected.

Lady Z.
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Florida, USA
October 2, 2011

Dr. Dhyana Z. in Florida writes:

How can we get the general public responding to this crisis? I know social networking sites are being used to generated a response but the public doesn't seem to be responding. Americans generally rise to help the unfortunate. What else can be done to get more people involved? And if there is a monetary response, how can you ensure the public that the money or supplies will reach the intended destination?

Phillip J.
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Ohio, USA
October 3, 2011

Phillip J. in Ohio writes:

Which groups are having the most success in getting past Al-Shabbab?

Ray C.
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United States
October 3, 2011

Ray C. in USA writes:

I like to applaud 30 NGOs administrating over 200 different projects around the horn of Africa. I understand that a great deal of these organizations are dealing with the immediate needs of nutrition and education of young children. I was wondering how many NGOs are dealing with the long term issues such as adult education and employment skill (i.e. entrepreneurship)?

Also, I've seen news reports stating that a number of countries were hesitant to allow the refugees to stay in permanent structures. Is this due to the perception that if conditions are too good the refugees will not want to return back to their native lands or is there financial and security reason behind this concept?

Thank you.

abdoulaye t.
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Chad
October 3, 2011

Abdoulaye T. in Chad writes:

Dear Assistant Secretary of State.

The main problem in the horn Africa is the political case,so the general crisis will be increasing in the public.and the other hand is poor of agriculture.
How to reduce this problem, first funding the agriculture and maintenance, Africa the rich resources,her is opportunity of the organisation to funding this resources.so in my decisions in 5 or 10 year ,no crisis it come in horn Africa. finally responsibility the organisation given fund this resources .

Abdi
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California, USA
October 4, 2011

Abdi in California writes:

Will the US ever condemn Ethiopian military brutality in the Ogaden region? Congress has repeatedly called for investigations and it seems the Obama administration views on human rights is one of low priority.

Fr.Julius G.
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Kenya
October 4, 2011

Julius G. in Kenya writes:

Jambo from Kenya. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson,We have met during your tenure as an Amb.to kenya.during FBI report on Fr. Kaiser death.My Questions is directly to you and your office,the Horn of Africa Problems is so Familiar to USA,why do you and your country not a marshal plan to minimise the suffering ofthe above region?.The insecurty,the food, the governance, the refugees, the water and poverty of this region is known why do you plan and budget on it? What is lacking?

Hassan O.
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Ohio, USA
October 4, 2011

Hassan O. in Ohio writes:

Most of the governments in the region are struglling themselves and there are so many Intrenational humanitarian Activities in Horn of Africa, is there way to create an entity to take the lead and coordinate all these effort in oredr to make it effective, and people will benefit of it.

Alisha
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 4, 2011

Alisha in Washington, D.C. writes:

How is the US Government and its partners involving women and women’s civil society organizations in the planning and execution of its programs and working to ensure that women are active participants in the response efforts?

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