O'Malley appeals to fellow Democrats on Somalia
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday reached out to fellow Democrats and asked for help in raising money for relief efforts in Somalia, where drought and famine have claimed tens of thousands of lives in recent months. Recent estimates by the federal government suggest that 29,000 children have died.
"The Somali drought and famine have forced mothers with scarce resources to choose which child will live, fathers to leave their sick children to die on the streets and babies to enter a world with no hope for survival," the governor wrote in an email sent to a list maintained by the Maryland Democratic Party.
In the letter, O'Malley suggests that people donate through the U.S. Agency for International Development. He references an op-ed in USA Today written by Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, and former Republican Sen. Bill Frist. The two recently traveled to a Kenyan refugee camp inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Somalian refugees.