29,000 children have died in the past ninety days in Somalia.
That means: imagine the number of people at an average Major League Baseball game, except every one of them is a child dead of famine.
3.7 million people are currently in crisis in Somalia thanks to the famine, and 3.2 million of them are in need of immediate assistance. The World Health Organization is warning of a cholera epidemic.
I’d like to ask NSWATM readers, being the awesome generous people you are, to consider giving some money. The Huffington Post has a list of ways you can give. As little as seven dollars– the price of a coffee and a cookie at Starbucks– can save a malnourished child’s life. Even if you can’t donate, please promote this anywhere you can– Facebook, Twitter, your personal blog.
I know our readers disagree on a lot of things, but “keeping children from starving” shouldn’t be one of them.
Now back to your regularly scheduled masculism.
ETA: In the comments section, Fnord offers up some concerns about the effectiveness of aid to Somalia at this point (Al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant organization, has blocked some aid to famine-stricken areas). GiveWell, an independent charity evaluator website that I highly recommend, will be making a stronger recommendation about where to give within a few days; they’ve provisionally suggested Doctors Without Borders as an excellent place to donate. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give money to Somalia– but you should give wisely.