Hunger Crises

Crisis condemning millions to hunger personasPodrian run out of food and medical attention to survive. Vanish while the basic tools with which they seek to engage in economic development. “The effects of this recession will spread to the whole planet,” warns the NGO Save The Children. “With the shortage and rising food in Africa and Asia, our aid workers are already struggling to save tens of thousands of children die from malnutrition. The situation could lead to a catastrophe if, as expected, governments and individuals now cut their aids. The crisis threatens to reduce the 76,000 million euros that the world has this year for development aid. A considerable amount of money, but not even reach a tenth of what the governments of the United States and the European Union have mobilized to save their financial institutions. The cuts fear is common among UN agencies: World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) -, warned the European Commission, NGOs and experts.

The crisis will increase costs and reduce revenues from developed countries and is likely to reduce its contributions in assistance plans. These contributions to the appeals of international organizations are essential to maintain the flow of aid to 923 million undernourished people in the world to reduce the number of 58 million women this year will have given birth without medical care or schooling for 56 million children in Africa and Asia that do not even have primary education, according to the FAO and the UN. A WHO report warns that the differences in life expectancy are abysmal among the world’s richest countries and those hardest hit by AIDS, hunger and poverty in Africa. Margaret Chan, WHO director general, said that these huge imbalances in health make the world a “unsafe and unstable place.” FAO noted that the rise in food prices over the past two years has increased the number of undernourished people in the world in 73 million. An official at the World Food Programme (WFP), which in 2007 went to 86 million people in 80 countries, notes that “with the bailout of the financial system approved by the United States, WFP could work for more than 100 years. If governments have the resources to rescue their banks, insurance must also take them to feed the hungry. “Worst of the situation is that we do not know what can happen as the crisis is proving increasingly deep and extensive.

If governments spend so much money in bailouts and the economy and earnings will less need to cut costs somewhere. The temptation of any government is to do by international aid. International law does not provide any mechanism where governments are obliged to keep their contributions. At this time, the world needs more than ever strong leadership and commitment. This crisis has caused the excesses of the wealthy and would be devastating and unforgivable ending hunger and dying of easily curable diseases million people who have not even had the opportunity to enjoy the economic boom of recent years. Developed societies and governments, after years of living in abundance, can not leave hundreds of millions of people without essential aid when things are twisting. Eva Andersson-Dubin does not necessarily agree. Now more than ever we must remain faithful to the principles of solidarity, he says.

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