My thesis sentence was absent in the first draft so I have put two potential ones together:
"Political, social and economic factors severely influenced the international response to the growing food crisis in Somalia, which as a result, failed to avert famine and thus contributed to the development of the disaster."
"Political, social and economic factors significantly delayed any real action on from the international community in response to the growing food crisis in Somalia, which ultimately allowed the famine to take place."
I have not decided which one that I prefer just yet. The point that I am trying to get across is that because of political, social and economic factors and despite ample warning, the international community failed to stop the famine in Somalia from occurring. Ultimately, the international community is partly responsible for the situation deteriorating to the point of disaster.
• The money raised for Ethiopia and Kenya also had to be used to support the Somali refugees who fled to those countries.
• Feeding sites (wet and dry) were established at the main points along the migration routes near the Kenyan and Ethiopian borders. Wet feeding sites provided porridge made with fortified blended flour and oil 2-3 times per day as well as hygiene promotion, de-worming, diarrhoea treatment, vitamin A supplementation and acute malnutrition screening. At dry sites, families were given High Energy Biscuit (HEB) and children under the age of five were provided with Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) (i.e. plumpy sup)
• According to McCloskey Rebelo et al. (2012), the programs were targeted at 4 different groups: people who were fleeing, people in Mogadishu, people in rural areas affected by drought and other vulnerable groups.
• The WFP stated that it had provided 1.5 million people with food assistance in the year following the declaration
• In July 2012, the WFP also stated that 15,000 people in central areas were now receiving food vouchers to buy food in the market. This is interesting because the WFP was initially reluctant to use food vouchers prior to the declaration of famine, but once it was declared the WFP could no longer deny the use of that option.