Monday, September 06, 2010
16,000 Children Die of Hunger Every Day
The Sunday Oneonta Star has a mini-page with stories for children. Yesterday, there was an article about how the United Nations has developed Millenial Development Goals. "Every day, 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes -- that's one child every five seconds."
189 countries have signed on to help prevent this.
Where are the countries where children are starving to death? In this country, the opposite appears to be happening. Starving to death would probably be worse than dying from obesity. Twinkies are fun to stuff. But think that every five seconds, another child starves to death.
Let them eat Twinkies! We have plenty. (Our kids don't need them. More than half of the kids in New York City are obese.)
Arrangements are being made so that half of the starving children will not starve. Soon, if the Millenial Development Goals are met, a child will starve to death only every ten seconds.
But what about the increased population? Will that mean in a certain number of years there will be increased levels of starvation, so that then twenty children will starve to death every second?
In Ghana, a lunch program at school had helped to stop much of the starvation in that country, the article said. The article didn't say where the children were starving to death.
No one is starving to death in the USA. And probably nowhere in Europe. And probably nowhere in South or Central America or the Caribbean (not sure about Haiti). In Asia, I think some people probably starve to death in North Korea, and in Myanmar (centralized planning creates famines).
In Africa, I bet, is where the great majority of the starving occurs (due to disruption of law, anarchy, and lack of grocery stores?). No starving in Ghana. Ghana's food delivery system is working. But in Somalia, in Eritrea? In Zimbabwe, again, due to centralized planning, you have a massive famine.
For the centrally-planned economies it's hard to penetrate places like Myanmar or North Korea or Zimbabwe in order to deliver food. With a sophisticated air defense for the first two, it would be hard even to do a food drop. But for places like Somalia and the southern Sudan, why not just drop Twinkies on them? Is that where starving is taking place? Would Twinkies be the best answer? If one hit you on the head, it wouldn't hurt much, and children would like them, especially the inside.
When you imagine a child that you actually know starving to death, the pain is unbearable. The almost mechanized horror of a child starving to death every five seconds creates an anaesthetized sensation, almost comic in its bad taste. And yet, it happens. Where? What's the solution? Can Lutheran Surrealism and Lutheran Surrealists inch us toward a solution?