This photograph was taken yesterday.

The contrast to whatever we were doing yesterday is pretty stark and the voyeurism is undeniable.  Many people who believe that foreign aid is a waste of money will think the aid industry traffics in shocking images for coercive effect, but surely it is more disturbing that we pay no attention absent a human face on a distant tragedy.  The famine in East Africa has been a long time coming and is the worst in a generation but few people noticed, so maybe the voyeurism is necessary to generate an effective response to this crisis.

The Atlantic has many more photographs from Kenya and Somalia, plus ways to make a donation.


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