Co-Founder of, Bono, is encouraging us to spread the word about the famine in Somalia. The drought has killed 30,000 children in three months and is the worst devastation of its kind in 60 years.

To bring awareness to the issue, Jessica Alba, Colin Farrell, George Clooney, Jaime Lee-Curtis and a group of other big names have filmed a YouTube video titled, “The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity”. This informative and provocative video plea is part of Bono’s strategy to encourage 150,000 people to sign a petition encouraging Congress to fund the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Feed the Future initiative.

Below is the letter to Congress. Check out the video below and if you’d like to sign the petition, go here.

Dear Members of Congress,

The famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. In 2011 we have the opportunity to make famine a thing of the past. Lives are in your hands. Please fully fund Feed the Future and help break the cycle of famine for good.

The reasons for the famine in the Horn of Africa are complex and solutions are difficult, especially in Somalia, but we can’t lose sight of some simple facts:

1. 30,000 children have died in just 3 months.  Thirty thousand.  With over 12 million people at risk. 

2. Famine is not a natural catastrophe – drought doesn’t have to lead to famine.  It can be prevented, as we have seen in much of Kenya and Ethiopia.  

In the 21st century, it’s an obscenity that people are dying because they can’t get enough food to eat.  Every one of those 30,000 children is part of a family – a son, a daughter, sister or brother.  We can’t imagine what it must be like to starve to death, but most of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love.