The situation in Somalia now represents Africa's greatest crisis—and the United States is partly to blame.
"We have no food, no shelters. People are sick. Medicine is short," said Dr. Hawa Abdi, director of one of Somalia's largest refugee camps, on the Afgooye Road outside the capital of Mogadishu. It was early December 2007, during a spike in fighting in the city that forced hundreds of thousands of residents to flee. Roughly 50,000 refugees settled in Abdi's camp, where just a handful of Somali and international staff struggle to provide care. The flight represented only the latest chapter in what U.N. officials have said is Africa's greatest crisis.