The world seems to be filled with a trend of terror that keeps threatening its peace and stability – Copenhagen shootings in Denmark, Sydney café’s terror attack in Australia, Peshawar school attack in Pakistan which claims the lives of more than 100 school kids, Charlie Hebdo attack in France against press freedom, terror attack in Philippines which left 44 police officers dead while on duty during a raid on January 25th of this year, Baga massacre in Nigeria which left more than 2000 people massacred, Unrest in Kashmir province of India, Al Shabaab ‘daily’ terror attacks in Somalia, the barbaric killings of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS in Libya, the recent murder of three innocent Muslim students in America …
Despite the terror tensed atmosphere of the world, despite terrorist organisation making allegiance to each other, there are brave stories around the world that keeps radiating hope where act of individual(s) is changing the tide of nations for good and also bringing liberation to people.
The individual effort of Kenyan photojournalist Mo and Michael Buerk whose works helps galvanises the ‘sympathy’ of the world to the rescue of Ethiopia and other African nations that witnesses extreme famine around 1984 is a great example which illustrates that no effort is too little to make a great impact in the world. Mo and Michael Buerk coverage of 1984 Ethiopian famine shows the magnitude of destruction caused by the famine; shows how human and animals were reduced to skeletons due to persistence hunger.
The song “we are the world” written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie triggers the tradition of artists coming together to raise aids for humanitarian crisis, the song was produced as a result of the 1984 Ethiopian famine which eventually raises about $50 million helps alleviate the sufferings of Ethiopians and other African nations hit by extreme dryness which resulted into 1984 through the provision of aids.
We are the world by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson:
“We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me.”
Hunger still poses a great risk to global health. It has been utilised as a device to massacre people just like how chemical weapons and nuclear weapons have been used as weapons of mass destruction. During the inception of the ongoing crisis in Syria which kicks off in March 2011 and has left 20,000 Syrians missing, 210,000 killed and millions displaced according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights to AFP, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was allegedly reported to have used hunger as a means of subduing the power of Syrians to fight against his regime after he initially used chemical weapons which the international community raises concern over.
According to 2014 Food and Agricultural Organisation statistics on hunger, there are about 805 million undernourished people in the world with majority of them living in developing nations and about 227 million of them are also living in Africa.
Hunger goes beyond empty stomach as it is mostly caused by conflict, natural disasters, poverty, famine, government inputs, recurring food shortages and so on. Under nourishment leads to breakdown in the immune system which on the long run leads to death.
Just the way the world is raising concern over the use and acquiring of nuclear weapons, standing up against risk of ebola to health worldwide, the world at large and governments also need to rise and act to eliminate starvation in the world as eradicating starvation is catalyst for serenity, stability, and lasting development.