Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Starvation in West Africa

Ironic and disgusting how we debase our language through illiteracy, metaphors, euphemisms, and by choosing words which conceal the plain truth whereof we seek to speak: "collateral damage" for innocent victims or "food shortage" for famine of epic proportions.  

Millions of people face risk of starvation in West Africa, a slow moving disaster of biblical proportions out of sight of the 24 hour news cycle of the maw of the intertubes beast.

906 people viewed post below on lynching from link at Field Negro.  Every single one could give $10--or $5 as this ant in his empire of dirt does between taxi rides and Dr. deductibles--and $900000 would save many lives.

For the sake of whatever God, or Goddess, or atheism, in which you believe, give.

[Aid organizations need donations to fight food shortages in West Africa
By Maria Pia Negro
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Millions of people in West Africa's Sahel region face severe food shortages that could be catastrophic if international aid falls short in the coming weeks, according to representatives of Catholic and other humanitarian organizations.

"The crisis is already here. People are already starving in some parts of the region," said Bill Worms, Sahel communications officer for Caritas Internationalis in Rome.

U.N. agencies estimate that 18 million people, including 3 million children, are at risk of hunger in parts of Chad, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Cameroon and northern Nigeria.

Organizations like Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development and Catholic Relief Services are working to solve problems of hunger and malnutrition. Even with the humanitarian response, there still is not enough money to address the overwhelming need, said Bill Rastetter, CRS country representative for Niger.

As the food crisis in the region grows, food prices skyrocket in urban centers, making it almost impossible to get enough food in the Sahel, the area bordering the Sahara Desert. In March, families started rationing food to survive.] emphasis added as love me some capitalism as people starve

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