It is so hot out here! I can't even remember the last time it rained...
A drought, as defined by Merriam-Webster (n.d.) is "a period of dryness especially when prolonged. The California drought began in 2011 and lasted until 2018 (drought.gov (2018). Somalia's most recent drought lasted from 2015 to 2018 (reliefweb, 2018).
Many Somalians had little more than the roof over their heads and what remained of their crops and livestock. Somalians have been declared as in a state of famine, having hundreds of thousands of people succumbing to starvation. From 2010-2012, over 260,000 Somalians perished due to famine (BBC, 2017)
The California drought lasted eight years but many Californians were not severely impacted. Water use restrictions were ordered but there were no reporting's of famine or mass disease outbreaks. California residents continued life through the drought with so significant impact.
California didn't go without its problems. Throughout the drought there were many wildfires throughout the state that affected millions if people over the eight years and led to the loss of many homes, wildlife, and vegetation.
In Somalia, 6.2 million people were displaced and/or in need of humanitarian assistance (UNDP, 2018). With a population of only 15.4 million, nearly half the population was in need of assistance, with numbers such as 65% of displaced persons are under 18 years old and 388,000 children malnourished-87,000 in serious condition (reliefweb, 2018)
Both California and Somalia faced difficult times. While both countries felt burdened by the effects of the ongoing droughts, research shows that Somalia fell victim to much more severe consequences. Famine, disease, and a death toll above a quarter of a million(Reliefweb, 2018) are a few of the things California was lucky enough to be excluded from.