- This story is nothing like any other story you have -nor will you ever- read about.
Well, probably most of you already know -and if not, you should have known- the fact that every 10 to 15 seconds a child dies of hunger. However, somehow people seem to not care about numbers anymore as painful death is starting to become more and more “common” with all these hateful wars and terrorism all over the world.
But, what if you really get to know the details of such an ending to a human life and have the opportunity to feel what the people affected by it felt! Would it be the same thing as hearing numbers and reading statistics?
Let us not answer that for now.. at least not untill I ask you to..
Main causes of Hunger:
First off, most of you might have been able to guess, by now, that the story I’ll be telling you has happened in Africa as a result of it being the place most known for it. In general, the principal causes of hunger include poverty, conflict, environmental factors such as drought and climate change, low agricultural productivity, malnutrition and disease, and population growth (WHES 2015) so with east Africa, specifically, suffering from all of these factors already, that puts it in the first place when it comes to starvation.
A child abandoned by his family:
This child -almost 3 years old- has been left by his family to starve and eventually face death knowing that no kid at his age could last long alone with nothing to eat nor drink, some say his parents were just too poor to feed him while others claim they have accused him of witchcraft (which is, by the way,Nigeria’s much larger superstition problem ) so they decided to end his life by letting him starve.
Luckily, Anja Ringgren Lovén, the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF),
Rushed over immediately to help him when she recieved a phone call saying that there is a kid wandering around the street in a very bad shape.
She said: “When we heard that the child was only two to three years old we did not hesitate and prepared a rescue mission.
Hope, as Anja named him, is, fortunately, in a stable condition now but the young boy has had to have a blood transfusion and is being treated for worms. Thanks to Anja -who is still taking care of him-, he managed to survive.
Though even with all of those aid agencies trying to help for as long as I can remember, Africa still hasn’t recovered and the numbers of dying children hasn’t decreased. You see the problem is crystal clear; alot of those people who essentially have made it to the food distribution sites, they are in fact the strongest ones, they are those of the very few who have been able to walk probably for days non-stop to get there or they just are purily lucky running into them like Hope here.
However, when you start to really look closely you’ll find out that the majority is far away from the reach no matter how many agencies there are, they still won’t be given a hand so eventually they give up on life. Even though, this might sound wrong as it, never, is their choice. It is in fact, YOURS.! OURS.!
Believe it or not, we were the ones who have a put an end to their lives! Because, we could’ve made a difference but we simply chose not to the second we refused to even read about them and live in denial as we have always been so frightened of being depressed by death stories and as ironic as this might seem; it is the truth.
Ways to give help:
There is, indeed, enough food for everyone but not everyone has enough food and It is our responsibility to change that:
- Donations: anything helps:
I would like to outline that this of course wouldn’t stop starvation, yet, it helps give those helpless, suffering people more time untill, hopefully, some big decision is made to prevent any other death by starvation from ever happening again. It is important to understand that anything you give can help, either it’s food, money or covers. Let’s just hope it ends up in the right hands.
2. Build effective partnerships
No single individual, group or government can take on this monumental challenge alone. We have seen over the last few years just how quick and significant progress can be when we have the vision to work together.
3. Help countries become self-sufficient
We must retain and strengthen country ownership. Developing countries — who suffer disproportionately from food insecurity — must take the lead in defining their own path to prosperity.
4. Find more money
Finally, the recognition of the critical importance of financing. The impressive progress so far will not be sustained and accelerated without new investment from both the private sector and developing
countries themselves, in addition to traditional donors.
It is essential to prioritse this issue and have the chance to achieve something incredible within our lifetimes.
As It is my belief that if we manage to work together we can make hunger history.