August 9th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Gupta in Somalia: "The most desperate place on earth"

On Tuesday night, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta report live from Somalia with more on the disturbing hunger situation. "AC360º" is now at 8 and 10 p.m. ET weeknights on CNN.

By Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta

Dadaab, Kenya (CNN) - Right now, this may be the most desperate place on Earth.

A drought, not seen in 60 years, compounded with near complete lawlessness and utter disregard for human life has made it so.

It is hard to imagine, but dust and starvation are nearly everywhere you look, and the world's largest refugee camp is thick with misery on this night. The smell is a combination of the acrid sweetness associated with malnourishment, anxious sweat and diesel fuel.

The fuel is used to keep away the swarming flies. It stinks more than it repels.


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  1. Thalia

    Lily,Great job informing Dr. Gupta and the pibluc about the problems associated with poor indoor air quality in our nation’s schools! I especially liked how you explained that students, particularly those with health issues like asthma, are missing out on their education due to absences caused by poor IAQ in schools. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that fully half of our pibluc schools nationwide have IAQ problems. I'm a school custodian whose district is in the process of cutting our custodial staff again to help balance the budget. It's not just the deteriorating buildings that are causing IAQ issues; it’s also due largely to the loss of custodians and maintenance workers that properly maintain these schools.Thanks!Patrick Nicholson

    April 4, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply

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