posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 08:58 AM
Jan Egeland, the chief of United Nations humanitarian operations, reported yesterday to the U.N. that over 20 million people did not have the "basic
means of survival", and the U.N. was powerless to help them. Politics and violence have kept workers from intervening in many cases. One aid worker
is quoted as saying, "For every politician, aid is something to be twisted to their advantage."
news.independent.co.uk - Silent witnesses: 20 million civilians lost to
The innocent are the first casualties of war. Yesterday the UN admitted that it is powerless to help.
Scruple-free governments, rag-tag rebel groups and other predators of conflict put the lives of more than 20 million people at risk, the chief of
United Nations humanitarian operations, Jan Egeland, said in New York yesterday. UN and aid agencies were unable to deliver "the basic means of
survival" to those that needed it most as a result of obstacles ranging from petty bureaucracy to callous obstructionism, to the outright menace of
violence. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The unimaginable list of victims shows the enormous problem that violence has caused to our world. Many victims live on bread and tea, can't afford
shoes, and wander from refugee camp to refugee camp looking for food and sustenance. In some countries children freeze to death in the winter when
their parents can't afford blankets or houses. Simple things that most of the world takes for granted, such as clean drinking water, are rare
commodities in these areas of the world.
Read the source article for a description of each regions problems.
Sudan - 2 million people at risk.
AFGHANISTAN - 1 million people at risk.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 2.2 million people at risk.
NEPAL - 3 million people at risk.
NORTHERN CAUCASUS - 1.2 million people at risk.
NORTHERN UGANDA - 1.6 million people at risk.
PALESTINE - 3.5 million people at risk.
SOMALIA - .5 million people at risk.
It is not famine, drought, or lack of food in the world that is threatening the lives of these people. It is the plague of war and political conflict.
Sadly, many of these atrocities are completely avoidable, and could be prevented if politicians were more concerned with their citizens than they were
with their power and wealth.
[edit on 16-6-2004 by dbates]