- Everyday 40,000 people die out of hunger worldwide.
- The vast majority of hungry people (98%) live in developing countries, where almost 15% of the population is undernourished. [Source: State of Food Security in the World, FAO, 2012].
- 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world with 23 million in Africa alone. [Source: Two Minutes to Learn About School Meals, WFP, 2012].
- Hunger is number one on the list of world’s top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. [Source: UNAIDS Global Reports, 2010, WHO World Hunger And Poverty Statistics, 2011].
- 40% of the food is wasted every year in USA which amounts to $165 million.
- 50% of the food, amounting to £23 billion is simply thrown away every year in UK.
- These statistics include wastage at all levels: farming, post harvest and packing, processing and distribution, retail and grocery stores, food service and restaurants and of course, households.
Let us keep these facts and figures aside and ask ourselves, can we spend a day without food? Let’s say something like fasting.
Well, of course not. And that is the reason as to why there is so much hunger all around the world. We can never understand this problem because we have never been in that situation.
Let us give it a thought. How would we feel if we were them? How would we feel if we were screaming for help and everyone around was just carrying on with their own lives?
This reminds me of a movie set in the African town of Rwanda. In that movie, one African community takes revenge on the other for its suppression. Children are killed; women are raped and burnt, all in the name of ‘ethnic cleansing’. While the UN can spare only 5 peacekeepers for that town, countries like USA, France, Germany, UK, refuse to send any help, military or whatever. Some foreign reporters try to get help by showing news of the massacre, the people of other countries simply say “oh. That’s too bad” and carry on with their dinner.
People die every day and those in Africa are just nobody. They don’t matter, not anymore. We have already taken everything we wanted: gold, diamonds platinum. Now there is nothing left in that country except some tribes, their weird culture and some animals which are dying anyway.
We are special. We toss a two day old apple in the trashcan without giving a thought. They dig garbage to get the taste of food. We purchase everything in bulk so that we don’t have to wait for another grocery visit. They are always uncertain as to when will they feel full again. We eat what pleases us. They eat anything that doesn’t kill them. We choose special diets to stay fit. They just eat to live through the day for those whom they love. We are all so lucky! They are so…
Can we all take a pledge to make this world a better (or at least less-hungry) place to live?
We can’t go around places feeding the hungry. The government should do something.
Yes. The government will do a thing. It will sit and watch as it always does.
The government is not a solution to any problem. It is just an excuse. If we leave those people and ourselves on the government, I wonder if anything/anyone will be left.
In these times of global economic slowdown, people are losing jobs, don’t have enough to satisfy their needs, freaking out because they cannot go to their KFC or McDonald anymore and you are telling us to donate? Have you heard that Michael Jackson song “there are people dying, if you care enough for the living.”?
So let’s heal the world.
Where there is a will, there is a way.