With the world food crisis, it is not rocket science to know that one of the most affected areas will be the poorer nations of Africa. This is not surprising as even without a ‘world food crisis’ there has always been some form of hunger or the other on the African continent.
One country which has been severely hit by this worldwide crisis is our nearby neighbour, Ethiopia. In the strict sense of it, Ethiopia is not a close neighbour to Nigeria – we share no borders; however, we do share a continent and that makes us neighbours.
Ethiopia has for many years, suffered from severe famine. When I was still very little, my mum showed my brothers and I a short documentary produced by World Vision, it was called Africa in Crisis; and it was of children starving in Ethiopia. It was a shock to see children like we were, with their hair falling off, their bones barely held together by decaying skin. The image stayed with us for a very long time. In fact, it was adequate motivation each time we were being picky with food.
Therefore, it is with a sorrowful heart that I read this article from the guardian.co.uk.
Up to 6 million children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition in Ethiopia because of rising cereal prices and the failure of rains, the UN’s children agency, Unicef, has warned.
Dry spells across much of the country since last September have led to big food shortages, humanitarian agencies say. In recent weeks the effects have become visible, with increases in cases of kwashiorkor and severe acute malnutrition, particularly in southern Ethiopia, where 126,000 children require urgent therapeutic treatment.
John Holmes, the UN’s undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said he was deeply concerned by Ethiopia’s food insecurity, the worst since the drought-related humanitarian crisis in 2003.
SIX MILLION CHILDREN! The numbers are astounding. The question on most minds is – what can be done?
I don’t know what to do. I wish I had enough money to feed 6 million children for the rest of their lives. But I don’t! However, I can blog about it. I can give the little I have to the organizations out there who are dedicated to helping the children of Ethiopia.
What can you do today?
- You can pray for the children in Ethiopia;
- You can blog about them;
- You can support the Organizations that are doing something about this.