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There are now more than 600 million hungry people in the world

By Clemente Ferrer                        World hunger



Manos Unidas, the Catholic Church Association in Spain for aid, promotion and development of the Third World has launched a campaign under the slogan “A New World” “Common Project”.

 Moreover AMREF, the largest international health organization completely of African origin and management, which is the acronym for African Medical and Research Foundation, has launched another campaign against infectious diseases.

The AMREF team consists of 850 professionals (97% of them in Africa), working in the offices of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa. There are planned, directed, analyzed and performed all the projects that focus on AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and sexually transmitted diseases.

Hunger also is producing real havoc among the population. The most affected area is sub-Saharan Africa. In Somalia, the situation is critical. A staggering 925 million malnourished people, according to a report by FAO, the UN Agency for Food, are suffering the consequences of the delay in achieving the first of the Millennium Development Goals: halving the hunger in the world in this year 2015.

Moreover, a recent UN report states that Eastern and Central Africa have a chronic crisis that requires efforts beyond emergency aid. Long-term structural reforms are needed.

In Mauritania “only children eat breakfast, the older have switched from three to two meals a day or a meal”. “But our main problem is water.” The loading and transporting animals must travel about five kilometers to the Gorgol river. The Government has launched an urgent plan to try to ensure food and potable water.

Pope Benedict XVI, in a speech addressed to the 174 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See countries said “with half of what is spent on armaments, we could eradicate hunger in the world.”

“Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult”, said the English writer Samuel Johnson.

Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing. 


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