18000 children die each day from hunger

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/...ighting_hunger
    united nations - some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a "terrible indictment of the world in 2007," the head of the u.n. food agency said.
    james morris called for students and young people, faith-based groups, the business community and governments to join forces in a global movement to alleviate and eliminate hunger-especially among children.
    "the little girl in malawi who's fed, and goes to school: 50 percent less likely to be [color=#003399]hiv-positive, 50 percent less likely to give birth to a low birth weight baby," he said in an interview friday. "everything about her life changes for the better and it's the most important, significant, humanitarian, political, or economic investment the world can make in its future."
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Kyrshamarks
    Then tell the UN to get off it's butt and do something about the Sudan and Darfur. We have seen the record of the UN in Rwanda. Ever see the movie Hotel Rwanda? If not I suggest it. It will get your blood boiling about how the UN is an ineffective and imoptent and even worse a negligent orginization.
    Last edit by Kyrshamarks on Feb 19, '07
  4. by   Shamira Aizza
    Interesting that the largest populations of starving children are in industrialized nations, in nations that were most colonialized by Europe, and in nations that subscribe to communism. I thought that Chavez was doing great things as president.
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    http://www.thp.org/reports/decline.htm

    "During the past 20 years, the world's average infant mortality rate (IMR), considered by many to be the best indicator of society-wide hunger, has fallen from 103 to 59 per 1,000 live births. When the IMR falls to 50 or below in a country, chronic hunger can be said to be ended as a society-wide issue.
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    Daily Deaths from Hunger (Worldwide):

    1977: 41,000

    1987: 35,000

    1997: 24,000

    2007: 18,000

    I know that 18,000 deaths is a large number. However, in 30 yrs, that number has been reduced by more then half. This is a dramatic improvement. As dramatic as the number 18,000 daily is, compare it to THIS number:

    8,395,000 fewer children will die of hunger THIS year then in 1977.

    Or this number:

    1.64 Billion fewer children have died cumulatively since 1977. Actually, this number is much higher because I didn't calculate population drift (in 1977, 41,000/day was out of a total 4BN pop whereas, today, 18,000/day is out of a total 6.5BN pop, not only a dramatic decrease in numbers, but also in percentage of population as a whole.)

    18,000 is a tragedy, but buried within that tragedy is a miracle and that is the dramatic decline in the number of deaths due to hunger. Think about that, while the world has INCREASED it's population by more than half in the last 30yrs, it has simultaneously DECREASED deaths by hunger by more than half. No wonder 'eat your vegetables, there are children starving in China' carried more resonance a generation ago!

    But the real story goes much further. In the last 30 yrs, the biggest political development is in the growth of nations that are classified as 'democracies'. Indeed, if you look at the areas that the UN is most concerned about hunger, and juxtapose those areas on a map of the world democracies, what you will find is that the areas of the map NOT highly democratized are those areas with the most hunger.

    India is the lone exception but India has other explanations, such as one of the world's largest populations and population densities, and an enduring caste system that disproportionally disenfranchises the most poor. In addition, as the OP article points out, India and China, both with phenomenal economic growth due to capitalistic innovations, are both moving the fastest to close the hunger gap.

    God bless market economies for reducing the number of deaths by hunger by 1.64 BILLION over the last thirty yrs. And, thank you, Milton Friedman.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Feb 23, '07

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