Feed the Starving, Not the Full

The U.N. has declared a famine in the Horn of Africa (east Africa), where currently an estimated 11 million people are in need of food. Eleven Million. I can’t even begin to fathom a number that large. Refugee camps that are built for 90,000 hold more than 370,000 and thousands more are arriving daily. Families are desperately seeking food but Africa is rife with war and terrorist groups that hinder the work of aid organizations.

BBC – Horn of Africa Drought: ‘A Vision of Hell’

The Atlantic – Famine in East Africa

The situation is dire.

A child is abandoned to starve in the desert. (via BBC)

GHNI workers feast on goat after villagers sing and dance for them.

A mother gives birth after walking for 22 days—with no food. She names the child Life, hoping it will come true. (via BBC)

GHNI coordinates painting a school’s name on the side of the building. They check on drip irrigation systems, latrines, and water lines already in place.

A family walks for days on end, no food in sight, desperate to reach a refugee camp and find something—anything—to feed their children. They join a line of thousands hoping for the same.

GHNI workers sit in the shade in Kenya, enjoying a soda.

A starving child is treated by MSF in a refugee camp that is struggling—and often failing—to feed its desperate masses.

GHNI workers teach locals how to create blog posts.

Thousands and thousands of dollars were used very inefficiently (essentially wasted) by GHNI in the last week in East Africa, all while children are starving to death in the very same region. Yes a local water supply, latrines and education are important, but not if millions are dying nearby from starvation, and not if it takes a team of individuals sitting under the shade of a tree, ‘monitoring’ and ‘checking on’ the situation while the residents work.

Ask a mother in Kenya, as she watches her child slowly starve, if she would rather have an American fly over and bring love and support, or instead have the money to feed her child. We have a responsibility to help those in need, those less fortunate than we are (and we really are so fortunate). Squandering precious resources in the name of charity work, while posting all of your ‘good deeds’ on your publicity stunt site is astoundingly arrogant and narcissistic.

But I’m sure that mother in the refugee camp will understand.

Take care of the basics first: food, water, clothing and shelter. Then focus on the rest.

If you feel the obligation to help, please start by texting FOOD to UNICEF at 864233; this will donate $10, enough to feed a starving child for ten days.

Then see Famine in East Africa: How You Can Help

Thank you.

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