Title: Famine in Kenya, 20th century
Famine is a very prevalent issue that has been occurring for several years in many African countries. People in places like Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia are facing severe cases of hunger, and are in serious need of help and aid from outside sources in order to survive. Organizations, such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have been called to be put into action with the hopes that their aid can tremendously help provide resolution to the many that are suffering. There are places where this issue is more sever due to food shortages as a result from drought. Livestock is being destroyed and as a result, taking away food source from many different individuals. Aid from outside sources is very necessary for these individuals to survive, but the funds needed are not all present, making it difficult for these organizations to go through with their help. Famine is incredibly severe in Kenya as well as they are facing severe drought. Kenya is one of the many East African countries that is suffering through famine and drought, but the severity of this issue is through the roof. This brings up many different questions in regard to famine all over the world, but in this case, I will specifically be discussing famine in Kenya over the course of the 20th century. A major question that arouses with this is, What role can the United States government play in relation to providing aid to Kenya? If famine is still a major concern today, and was way back in the 20th century, then why haven’t we figured out a solution to diminish it?
Famine is a concerning issue that has been affecting many different countries and places worldwide since the 20th century. Kenya specifically, is being hit with it hard by drought providing an extra obstacle for the people living there. The need for aid came about around the 1960’s, when many different African countries gained independence. The United States have been providing aid to African countries since then, which has then been turned around to improved health conditions and economic development. 
Famine can be examined since well before the 20th century and is still prevalent to today. The primary source used to analyze this was a historical book series. The intended audience is the general population, and anyone interested in this compelling topic of famine. With that being said, the purpose is to provide reliable information regarding the topic to the general public, so they can gain knowledge. The historical context of this source was based off of all the deaths due to famine in the 19th century and the devastation this topic has caused to many different countries worldwide. Famine is a serious controversial topic and can be examined far back in the 20th century. 
Famine and food crises was a major concern within the 1970’s and 1980’s. There were tremendous amounts of people living with starvation and not within the normal realm of life. Starvation and hunger is no way of living a normal life, and in this time period specifically, it was very severe. In the 1960’s, it was known as of the Green Revolution. This was the time for new creations of high yielding productions of basic foods, like wheat and rice. This was very impactful, for it resulted in high numbers relating to output production and high hopes for improvement. 
There have been attempts made to provide aid to these countries for many years now.  Things like providing emergency supplies and stocks of food supplies are examples of aid attempts. The primary source relevant to this is from a historical newspaper article from the New York Times. The indented audience was the general public who would be reading this newspaper. The hope was that with a newspaper many people would see it. This is one way seen as an attempt for aid. In this time period, president Eisenhower is seen to be asking to use power in supplying aid to these countries in need of serious help. 
Roughly an estimated 100,000 people living under the ideal of starvation. These people don’t have the access to the necessary water and food amounts for normal survival, and therefor are not living live at a normal level.  This doesn’t go unnoticed, and many different organizations have stepped in to help provide aid for these people suffering. For example, United Nations World Food Program, UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Action Against Hunger, and CARE are some of those organizations helping towards a better life for those people of great suffering . These organizations have helped provide aid in the most efficient way possible, and give them the tools to give them hope for living a normal life.
The United states has played a major role in providing aid for these people, with hopes of them being able to be successful in their lifestyles. The things that they provide include things like nutrition assistance, emergency supplies, medical care, safe drinking water, and shelter . This aid being provided by the United States, gives a positive outlook not only for those suffering, but for the United States themselves. It shows their generosity and kindness to those suffering, for they want to make a change for the better. The states in which these people are living in are not in any way satisfactory, and that needs to be changed. This is a very prominent crises that has been occurring for a very long time, and is still occurring in today’s day and age. Will this suffering ever be put to rest?
Famine is a very extensive issue that is occurring in present day and has been occurring since historical times. Starvation within Kenya specifically, is a daily norm for most of their population. Kenya has been suffering through drought, making their state of famine increasingly worse. With this being said, African countries, like Kenya, have been receiving aid from the United States since the 1960’s, after these African countries gained independence. This aid has tremendously helped these civilians, by improving both economic development and various health conditions. Major organizations that have played a role in providing aid to these African countries include Action Against Hunger, CARE, UNICEF, Mercy Corps, and the United Nations World Food Program. The United States has high hopes for success rates while providing them with aid. Starvation is no means to a normal lifestyle, and needs to be diminished. This has been an ongoing issue and there are high hopes that with the aid coming from the United States, famine can subside.
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Geographic Focus: Kenya
Search Terms: Famine in African Countries, African Count* famine concern