David Muir on Somalia Famine: ‘It’s Heartbreaking’


By Merrill Knox Comment

Although the news cycle this week has been dominated by politics as Republicans and Democrats struggle to come to a deal on the debt ceiling, there is another major story happening far away from Washington — a devastating famine in Somalia.

David Muir, weekend anchor of “ABC World News,” has been embedded with Doctors Without Borders at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, since Monday. Muir told The Huffington Post he wanted his reporting to showcase “the resiliency of kids who made the journey with their parents.”

“I think it’s heartbreaking and when you walk into these intensive care units, you can’t help but look at their mothers and the children lying next to them, and hope that they’ll be the ones sitting up tomorrow,” Muir said.

ABC and NBC both have correspondents in the region — ABC’s Lama Hasan has been in Kenya since July 16, and NBC’s Rohit Kachroo has been there since July 6.