Airlift For Humanity

With 1.5 million Somalis facing starvation, the U.N. moves to help

For months, the mythical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse -- Conquest, Slaughter, Famine and Death -- have run wild in Somalia. After 19 months of war and a long drought, 1.5 million of the country's estimated 6 million people face imminent starvation. Only an urgent plea by Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali prompted the U.N. Security Council to authorize a broad plan to break the stranglehold that armed factions have on the African nation. Under its terms, if the Somalis refuse to accept a U.N. force to protect supplies and relief workers, the U.N. "would not exclude other means" of carrying out its...

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