Monday, October 10, 2011

ONE.ORG - Advocating for the end to extreme poverty in the world 


ONE ACT A WEEK 10/9/11

I just read a great Book review on the blog Selfish Mom.  It was about the book The boy who Harnessed the Wind. I have heard about this book many times and that it is a very intersting story.  The review talks about how great a story it is in explaining the precarious lives of many African families who are always teetering on the edge of drought which in turn leaves them always teetering on the edge of famine and death.

Here is the link to this book review. I plan to download this book on my kindle today. I think it is time I read a first hand account of the effects of famine, it's causes and the experience of those who are able to survive it.

I have also included the video clip Selfish Mom refers to in her blog post that the organization ONE recently released called The F Word: Famine is the real Obscenity as well as the link to her post about her thoughts on this video.  

(More than 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Mothers are forced to decide who to feed and who to let die. In 2011? That’s obscene. This is complicated, no-one’s pretending it’s easy – Somalia has been without a functioning government for 20 years – but droughts don’t have to result in famine, just look at Ethiopia and Kenya who have preventative policies in place. There are things that can be done, and if we really believe the life of a child in East Africa is worth the same as the lives of our own children, we have to act.)

And as Selfish Mom says in her blog Post..."The best place to start (in order to help)? You can give people the facts and make them aware of just how dire the problem is. Blog it, tweet it, facebook it, share it. Remind the people in  your life that we were unimaginably lucky to be born in a place at a time when our problems are petty compared to much of the world."
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