After Somalia’s famine, hunger persists – average woman has six kids

At a hospital in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district, children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, worsened by stomach and chest infections, are receiving treatment that is likely saving their young lives.

Three years have elapsed since famine killed more than a quarter of a million people in Somalia ?- more than half of them children ?- yet for many of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people the hunger has not gone away.

Seven-month-old Zakaria was admitted to the specialised clinic with severe acute malnutrition and a respiratory tract infection.

After six days of being fed fortified milk and antibiotics, his tiny body still appeared emaciated and listless but his mother, Baarlin Hassan Nuur, 30, said he was much improved.

“When I brought my son here he was very sick and vulnerable, but he is recovering now and looking better,” said Nuur, a street vendor and market trader. She moved to Mogadishu from the town of Balad, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) to the north, when seasonal drought dried up her father’s farm…

CIA World Factbook entry for Somalia: Total Fertility Rate = 6.08, #4 in the world.  

I’m starting to see a pattern: in the last few days, there have been stories about hunger in Niger (#1) and Mali (#2), both with over TFRs of over six children per woman.  In Niger, it’s nearly seven.  

Now we are reading about Somalia. Absent from the story is any mention of this unsustainable population growth. 

  • k1962

    Well the Somali women who come to North America all look obese, so I guess once they get here, they can’t stop eating.

    • Frau Katze

      There’ll be a lot more of them where they came from…

    • Icebow

      Except for poor clitless Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

      • k1962

        She is very thin. Some of them are, but so many are giant big mama’s.

      • bob e

        pretty insane reply .. somethin’ i would say !!

  • Everyone Else


    1. Have as many kids as possible.

    2. Screw up your own country.

    The worse things get for Muslim countries, the more they spread to other countries.

    When failure leads to success the rest of the world hasn’t got a chance.

    • marty_p

      Don’t forget the other Demographic Jihad rule – take advantage of as many social services and benefits funded by the Kuffar as possible.

  • Dana Garcia

    Meanwhile, the US is accepting 800 Somali refugees per month, according to RRW. What’s wrong with this picture? Everything.


  • I think most Somalian women expect their children to die in infancy.

    That, and their pirate husbands are grabby Sams.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      One thing that never occurred to me until it was pointed out to me by someone that knows more than I, is the usefulness of large families at the clan and tribe level.
      It’s not so much a response toward infant mortality, but the more children a woman has, the higher her status in that community, as that gives the tribe or clan greater numbers in order to wage war against any other tribes or clans that have resources to take.

      Also, note that most Africans do not mourn the loss of their children in anyway that would be recognizable to us in the west, or almost anywhere else in the world.
      It’s about the same as me or you losing a favorite goldfish, but not even at all like we would feel after losing a favorite cat or dog, let alone a child.
      They’re a culture that do not have a very high investment in their offspring as a survival strategy.
      There, that’s the most polite way I can describe it.

      • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

        Good point. We need literature.

      • And that is why Africa will not advance.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          It might even be worse than that, if that is conceivable.
          Their society has created a survival strategy that has self-selected for some pretty unique biological hardwiring in a process that has gone on for tens of thousands of years.

          • lolwut?


          • I can’t imagine what.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yeah, I’m at a total loss too.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Keep giving them aid and watch the birthrate continue to rise.

  • roccolore

    Then they bring their litters to America and get all the welfare benefits.

  • Brett_McS

    In a chaotic environment it makes sense to favour quantity over quality.

  • Icebow

    The more they breed, the more they die, but the breeding is winning. Head for the Med.

  • Xavier

    If you feed them, they will breed.

  • lolwut?

    Shut off the money and drops and mother nature will take care of the rest.

  • bob e

    the more that die .. the more food there is for them & the hyenas ..

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Famine and disease unfortunately remain natures’s way of bringing numbers down to supportable levels.

  • Hard Little Machine

    And yet every single religious charity that purports to work there will fight to the death to prevent them access to birth control. Either sterilize them or introduce better plagues into the population. Those are your options.