2.5 million people are in danger of starving to death in Niger. The country suffered a plague of locusts last year, and a long period of draught is
just starting to let up. The U.N. has appealed several times to the nations of the world for help, and now says a preventable tragedy is unfolding.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The west African nation of Niger is suffering "an acute humanitarian crisis" in which children are dying because the world
community ignored U.N. appeals for urgent aid, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday.
Jan Egeland said 2.5 million people are in desperate need of food, including 800,000 malnourished children. Some 150,000 of those children will die
soon "unless we really get to step up our operation."
The landlocked country, one of the poorest in the world, was devastated by an invasion of locusts that ate everything green last year and was then hit
by drought that lasted until earlier this month, he said.
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It's amazing to think that in this day and age 800k children can starve to death, but countries around the world will gleefully spend billions on
any number of ridiculous enterprises. It's always been this way, golden toilets in some countries, no toilets in others. Still, given the reach of
the world community, don't you think helping 2.5 million people get some food is a small task?
While we're on that note, I could really use a cheeseburger, should I call Kofi Annan? I say this in jest, but also to illustrate a point, if bums
in NY are starving, does the UN accept walk-ins, or do they shoo them away? Can a starving family in Detroit get an aid package air lifted in?
If America can't give its own citizens free food, why can it give another nation's citizens free food? And boy, do we give some food...millions of
tons of the stuff every year. So is this an issue of refocusing on priorities, or just ignoring the needs of everyone? And where are the private
donors like those after the tsunami? We're talking about 20 times the number of people dying. I'm not trying to be a prick, I'm just trying hard
to understand the problem. What do other members think?
[edit on 20-7-2005 by WyrdeOne]