Drawing international attention to an unprecedented hunger
crisis in Africa, where 38 million people face starvation, is the aim of a
campaign officially launched on Monday by the World Food Programme. (WFP
Global warming, AIDS and politics put 38 million at risk of
starvation in Africa. Where are the real Christians now that we need them.
It is hard to imagine 38 million human beings dying of starvation, but it is
very likely to happen next year in Africa.
Unfortunately the reality is that few people care. The problem is mind
boggling. The problem seems to emerge more and more often in Africa.
But the continent lacks resources to bring the world to its aid.
There are no large oil fields. There is no infrastructure. There is
nothing there worth having really.
Then there are the racial overtones. Africa is Black and all around the
world, Africans are exploited. For now, Europe and America rule the world
and for the most part, Europe and America are White. And Whites have
traditionally enslaved Blacks; America in the nineteenth century being the worst
The problems of Africa are overwhelming. The possibility of 38 million
human beings starving to death in Africa is horrific. Yet the world has
little motivation to end the suffering.
Where are the real Christians now that we need them?
December 17, 2002
AFRICA: Campaign aims to help save
38 million people from hunger
IRINnews Africa, Mon 16 Dec 2002
ABIDJAN, - Drawing international attention to an
unprecedented hunger crisis in Africa, where 38 million people face
starvation, is the aim of a campaign officially launched on Monday by the
World Food Programme (WFP).
The Africa Hunger Alert campaign represents a global response to a growing
number of spontaneous grassroot initiatives in North America, Europe and
Asia, WFP said in a news release on Monday.
The initiatives include "The Baltimore Declaration: Africa in
Crisis", a unified pledge - unveiled on 3 December by the executives
of American humanitarian relief organisations - to take action to prevent
famine from taking hold in parts of Africa, WFP said. Others include a 9
December concert held in Tokyo to highlight the plight of the hungry in
Africa, and initiatives by students in Canada and the United States. A
French radio station, France-Info, was scheduled to devote its Monday
broadcast to the hunger crisis in Africa, while in Hong Kong, a lobbying
campaign has begun to urge the local government to provide financial
support for Africa, WFP reported.
And in a growing sign of concern among ordinary citizens, hundreds of
people of different nationalities eager to help avert a humanitarian
catastrophe recently sent unsollicited donations to WFP.
"Right now, these are all individual, isolated expressions of concern
and compassion which we expect to intensify and spread as the catastrophic
nature of this crisis becomes more apparent to the public worldwide,"
said WFP Deputy Executive Director, Jean-Jacques Graisse.
"If we are to avert starvation in Africa, ordinary citizens have an
important role to play," he added. "It's critical they join the
campaign and urge their governments to address the needs of the hungry now
before it is too late, before we have to endure the shame of seeing images
of dying children on the news."
The hunger crisis in Africa has grown particularly acute in the wake of
two major, simultaneous emergencies in the past year, WFP said: in
Southern Africa, almost 15 million people are threatened in Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia, while in Ethiopia and
Eritrea, an additional 12 to 16 million are at risk. Millions of people
also face starvation in Sudan, Angola, the Great Lakes region and West
These catastrophic conditions are primarily the result of drought,
HIV/AIDS and, in some countries, political turmoil and failed economic
policies, WFP said. Of particular concern, it said, was the new phenomenon
of shifting weather patterns, causing floods and droughts.
The global campaign is open to all organisations and individuals,
according to WFP, which says it is using its website to provide
information on the emergency as well as a forum for ideas.
"Progress is possible, if the political will is there," Graisse
said. "To avert mass starvation we need a massive response by
governments, private charities, non-governmental organisations, citizens'
groups and individuals.
"If the relief community is not given the necessary resources to
respond, the result will be a humanitarian catastrophe."
How can we manifest peace on
earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both
sexes) in our vision of Peace?
The WorldPeace Banner
The WorldPeace Sign
To the John WorldPeace Galleries Page
To the WorldPeace Peace Page