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Over the past few days, a handful of food bloggers have staged a series of WeFeedback dinners that have left everyone here at the team absolutely gobsmacked. The Food and The Fabulous, who held the first-ever WeFeedback dinner back in March, has rounded them up on here on her blog.
They started with Jenn Cuisine, an American expat in Geneva, who whipped up some tabbouleh and grilled halloumi cheese for two. We posted earlier this week about Dutch food blogger Simone van der Berg’s spicy Thai meal.
That was followed by an epic “Steak Braai” barbecue staged by South African braaimeister Real Men Can Cook.
The events culminated in a repeat performance by The Food and The Fabulous, who put on a Thai eat-up at Cape Town’s Food Lovers’ Market.
Altogether, these events have provided food for 5,425 children. That’s simply amazing.
We highly recommend that you take a moment to read Food and the Fab’s post about why she thinks foodies can make a difference on WeFeedback.
Eden is 12 years old. He wants to be a teacher when he grows up and his favorite food is rice and beans. Eden is a refugee in Dadaab, Kenya — the biggest refugee camp in the world. But he’s growing up healthy and getting an education with the help of the World Food Programme’s school meals programme. When you feed back, this is where it goes.
Today’sNew York Times tackles an important dimension of the faminebattering drought-stricken Somalia: With the media focused on stories like the U.S. debt ceiling debate, the U.K. phone hacking scandal, and theNorway shooting rather than hunger in east Africa, relief organizations are having a hard time raising money. “The overwhelming problem is that the American public is not seeing and feeling the urgency of this crisis,” a Unicef executive tells the paper (a cartoon in The Times of London recently made a similar point more controversially, depicting a starving Somali child saying, “I’ve had a bellyfull of phone hacking”).
The data does appear to back up the claim, though the famine is certainly generating coverage. In the two weeks since the U.N. officially declared a famine in parts of Somalia, the story hasn’t registered on Pew’s News Coverage Index, with the debt crisis, phone hacking scandal, and Norway shooting driving the news cycle instead.
The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it from more than two years ago — a crisis intervention to keep hungry refugees from dying along what an official calls the “roads of death.”
The foray into the famine zone is a desperate attempt to reach at least 175,000 of the 2.2 million Somalis whom aid workers have not yet been able to help.