Elizabeth Schulte writes about people being killed in a world of plenty:
EVERY MINUTE of every day, 13 children die around the world of hunger and malnutrition. That’s the finding of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). Its latest report shows that 18,000 children die each day–or 750 each hour–of malnutrition and its related diseases.
According to WFP, 850 million people are hungry or malnourished around the world on any given day. That is one in six of the world’s population–or more than the combined population of the U.S., Russia, Japan, Germany, Britain and France. Half of the world’s hungry are children.
In the world’s wealthiest country, the United States, nearly 16 million people are living in deep or severe poverty, according to an analysis of 2005 census figures by the McClatchy Newspapers. That’s more than the total population of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.
What’s so striking about this study is how many people had fallen into even deeper poverty than before. Today, 43 percent of the 37 million poor people in the U.S. have plunged into deep poverty–the highest rate since at least 1975.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government plans to spend at least $650 billion this year on the military.
If this starve-the-poor-to-feed-Corporate-America policy continues, the future is a grim one for working America.
I find it odd to call the United States wealthy.
Why judge a nation by how we treat its highest citizens? Since the rich usually control the government, doesn’t their well-being most often correlate with the amount of corruption?
I say, judge a nation by how it treats its lowest citizens – the poor, the sick, the wrongfully imprisoned. From this perspective, I do NOT see the socially unequal United States, with its high rising poverty rates, as wealthy.
I am not a religous person, but still I agree with the Christian message that says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.” (Matthew 24:40)
The AP reports that the UN says 18,000 children die daily from hunger:
It is “a terrible indictment of the world in 2007″ that 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition, and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, the head of the UN food agency said on Friday.
James Morris called for students and young people, faith-based groups, the business community and governments to join forces in a global movement to alleviate and eliminate hunger – especially among children.
“Addressing the hunger issue is the most powerful way to break the poverty cycle,” he said in an interview. “We all simply have to do more.”
Almost anyone would work any terrible job for the lowest of pay, if it meant avoiding the agony of hunger. That anyone goes hungry says something about the lack of fair opportunity in the world. Nonetheless, our society denies proper food to children, so extremely that 18,000 children die every day from hunger. Even more sickeningly, the world has more than enough food to feed everyone.
The people of this world need to organize non-governmentally and change the socioeconomic system so that no child goes hungry, and so that every child has access to the necessities including food, clothes, shelter, healthcare and education.
What do you think?
Let me share some of staggering facts:
One out of every eight children under the age of twelve in the U.S. goes to bed hungry every night.
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger
For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years.
Poverty is the main cause of hunger. 70 percent of the world’s poor are female. 
25% of American children under age six live in poverty. One in eight children under age twelve goes to bed hungry every night. American children have just a 50-50 chance of escaping poverty. 
30,500 children die from preventable diseases each day. Malnutrition is linked with over half. 
The UN says a $40 billion increase in current aid would provide food, clean water, sanitation, health services, and education to everyone on the planet. 
Middle-income nations like Israel and Egypt receive most U.S. aid. Just 40% goes to poor nations. 
The U.S. spends over $1 billion a day on defense. 1.2 billion people worldwide live on under $1 a day. 
About 850 million people worldwide are undernourished .
16,000 children die every day from hunger . That’s about one child every 5 seconds.
In the United States in 2004, 13.5 million households (or 11.9% of all U.S. households) were food insecure; 13.9 million United States children under age 18 lived in food-insecure households (19.0% of all children). 
 State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
 (Source: Nord, M., Andrews, M., Carlson, S. (October 2005) Household Food Security in the United States, 2004. Washington, D.C.: Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.)
Safe drinking water, sanitation and good hygiene are fundamental to health, survival, growth and development. However, these basic necessities are still a luxury for many of the world’s poor people.
Over 1.1 billion of our fellow citizens do not use drinking water from improved sources, while 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are so obviously essential to health that they risk being taken for granted.
Every year, unsafe water, coupled with a lack of basic sanitation, kills at least 1.6 million children under the age of five years — more than eight times the number of people who died in the Asian tsunami of 2004.
2.6 billion people, more than 40% of the world population, do not use a toilet, but defecate in the open or in unsanitary places.
This short video quickly displays facts about hunger and poverty. At only one minute and fifteen seconds long, this enlightening video is a must-watch: