October 27, 2009

Am I Not Human? World Hunger

An estimated 1.02 billion people in the world go hungry. [SOURCE]

Each year, 3 million under-five children die because they are undernourished. Far more children live with undernutrition than die from it. For infants and young children, the effects of chronic malnutrition in the early years of life are largely irreversible.

In the United States, 11.7 million children live in households where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. That means one in ten households in the U.S. are living with hunger or are at risk of hunger.




But we CAN end hunger.

We have the means. The financial costs to end hunger are relatively slight. The United Nations Development Program estimates that the basic health and nutrition needs of the world's poorest people could be met for an additional $13 billion a year. Animal lovers in the United States and Europe spend more than that on pet food each year.

What makes the difference between millions of hungry people and a world where all are fed?
Only a change in priorities. Only the WILL to end hunger. For now, I encourage all Villagers, to write a letter to your member of Congress.

Roots of Humanity feels that each of us can fight against human rights abuses in the world. We simply need to do something. Protest. Meditate. Pray. In the case of bloggers ... we want you to blog on the 27th of each month. Just share information on behalf of our human siblings in all suffering areas who are either barred from communication by their governments, or lacking in technology to ask: Am I Not Human?

2 comments:

Toya said...

I agree with you completely it is a grave injustice that there are hungry people in the world. There is no cause for it. At all. It makes me so sad that we live in a country that boasts all-you-can-eat restaurants while people go to bed hungry. Thank you for addressing this issue. We as bloggers do have a voice that can be collectively raised to keep people's minds on these issues.

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Villager!

Thankyou for raising awareness for World Hunger. It's mind-boggling that 3 million children die each year from malnourishment.And to see hunger striking in large numbers in the US as well, makes one wonder where the money's going. We know very well where it's going of course...

Shine on
-PZ