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Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011–12

Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid


Some 250,000 people died in the southern Somalia famine of 2011–12, which also displaced and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands more. Yet this crisis had been predicted in 2010. The harshest drought in Somalia’s recent history coincided with a global spike in food prices, hitting this arid, import-dependent country hard. The policies of Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist group that controlled southern Somalia, exacerbated an already difficult situation, barring most humanitarian assistance, while the donors’ counter-terrorism policies criminalized any aid falling into their hands. ... More

Keywords: Somalia, Famine, Humanitarian emergency, Food security, Early warning, Al Shabaab, Counter terrorism, Diaspora, Islamic charities, Horn of Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190499389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190499389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Maxwell, editor
Tufts University

Nisar Majid, editor

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1 Introduction

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2 The Problem of Famines

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5 “No One to Cry To”

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9 2012–14 And the Aftermath of the Famine

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10 Preventing Famine

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