World Hunger

I read an article last week about world hunger and i was horrified and ashamed, ashamed because of the many times i have felt that i was tired of eating the same meal and even sometimes leaving leftovers on my plate. How many of us actually know what it feels like to be truly hungry and not be able to eat because there is no food or because you cannot afford a decent meal? How many of us actually know what it is like to search for food in garbage dumps?

My mother visited karamoja ( Notheast arid region of uganda) sometime back and she told me that they (she had gome on a chartiy mission with some members of her church) were giving out food and it ran out so when they visited a certain home, all they had left was soap and they gave it out to a child who almost ate the soap. I was truly speechless at hearing that because i could not have imagined myself being so hungry that i could eat soap.

Take a look at some staitistics for world hunger below and you will be truly shocked.

World Hunger and Malnutrition
  • One child dies every 10 seconds from hunger.
  • Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year.
  • One out of six children -- roughly 100 million -- in developing countries are underweight.
  • 870 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.
  • Asia has the largest share of the world's hungry people (some 552 million).
  • World Food Programme (WFP) calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.
We face a hunger crisis unlike anything seen in more than 50 years. But together, we can end this crisis and eradicate hunger worldwide.

We need to try our best  to do anything to help people we know or do not know in our communities who are facing hunger. God bless you all!

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