“Starvation is the characteristic of some people not having enough food to eat. It is not the characteristic of there being not enough food to eat.” – Amartya Sen.
According to the Global Goals website, 3 million young people die of malnutrition per year. And it is not that there isn’t enough food in the world, or that we are overpopulated. It is simply not accessible to some while others overuse it.
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On the 28th of March, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) made a statement, describing that millions of children around the world are on the brink of starvation; it is the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. They are pleading for $255 just to be able to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, according the United Nations website. Around 22 million children are sick and hungry in just those four countries alone.
While famine was declared already in South Sudan, the other countries are not much better off. “Children can’t wait for yet another famine declaration before we take action,” says Manuel Fontaine. We have to take action.
It is heartbreaking to think about nutrition being the reason for so many deaths. In first world countries, we complain about being hungry, we throw away slightly discolored food, we ‘overeat’ on various occasions but we don’t know true suffering. So what can we do about it?
There are many attempts already to help ease the situation in various parts of the world. One in particular has sparked the attention of the internet lately. Internet sensation Jerome Jarre posted a video, urging people to help fill a turkish airlines flight with humanitarian help, sparking the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. This campaign has meanwhile gained the attention of famous public figures like Ben Stiller. President of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerim Kinik, has assured that airplanes will be sent to various countries, attempting to offer immediate help.
Things like this show that an individual can have a huge impact and you don’t have to be an internet sensation to have a great idea.
If you want to go out there and help on sight, there are many opportunities within AIESEC that you can choose from, to help. Don’t wait until someone else does something, don’t wait until the situation gets worse. The time to act is now!
What are you doing about it?
Blogpost writer: Jakub Wolf