“Do you see why it’s amazing when someone comes out of such a dire situation and learns the English language just to share his observation?” asks Somali Canadian rapper K’Naan in his song Somalia.
Having grown up in Somalia in the time of the Somali Civil War, K’Naan returned to his native country on August 21, 2011. There, the singer paid a special visit to child victims of famine at Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital.
The famine, striking the Horn of Africa, is perhaps the worst of our generation. Tens of thousands are dead, many are in hospitals, and the United Nations estimates that over 3.2 million Somalis are in need of food aid.
“I will do all I can to help my people in Somalia,” K’Naan told the American Press in Somali.
With a strong love for his home country, K’Naan provides a voice for his fellow Somalis. Having achieved worldwide recognition with “Wavin Flag,” K’Naan and his actions in Somali will not be dismissed.
As global citizens, it’s our duty to help Somalia. Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world; the nation lacks a government and the effects of the civil war are still present. People are struggling just to help each another stay alive. Is that not enough for us to recognize that this is a problem?
If you’re interested, the Canadian government has promised to match every dollar that individuals donate until September 16, 2011.