Nicholas Kristof: “Perhaps hundreds of thousands of people here have no food and are reduced to eating leaves and insects, as Sudan’s government starves and bombs its own people in the Nuba Mountains. Children are beginning to die.”
Dan Morain: “Last month, the New York Times reported significant progress in Somalia. The number of people “facing imminent starvation” fell from 750,000 to about 250,000. Yes, that’s an advance since August when news accounts and photos like this one detailed the magnitude of the crisis. But imagine 250,000 people facing starvation…
But we who have stocked pantries and full refrigerators and yet feel that we don’t have enough ought to think of what we might do for people in a place halfway around the world, or maybe for the person sleeping under the overpass.”
Ertharin Cousin and Tony Hall: “As a global community, we must all make sure that every country can produce the food it needs, that every mother has the means to feed her children, and that smallholder farmers, especially women, have the tools they need to better produce, store, and market what they grow. These values are at the core of Feed the Future; by alleviating hunger and the desperation it causes, we promote stability and security for all of us.”
Catholic News Service: “Pope Benedict XVI appealed for immediate and long-term relief for the world’s hungry, saying the right to adequate nourishment is a fundamental part of the right to life.”
Vibe Ghana: “Organizers credit Mr. Kufuor with slashing the hunger rate in Ghana from 34 percent in 1990 to 9 percent in 2004. They praise Mr. da Silva with helping ensure more than 90 percent of Brazil’s children ate three meals a day, while reducing the rate of extreme poverty from 12 percent in 2003 to less than 5 percent in 2009.”
Ken Menkhaus: “Somalia is dying. Three-quarters of a million people are at immediate risk of famine; another 750,000 are refugees in neighboring countries, and 4 million – half the total population – is in need of emergency aid. It is a calamity that could join the ranks of the Rwanda genocide and the Darfur crisis in terms of scale and human suffering. And for Somalia it is a terrible repeat of the 1991-92 famine that claimed 240,000 lives.”
Nicholas Kristof: “What’s most heartbreaking about starving children isn’t the patches of hair that fall out, the mottled skin and painful sores, the bones poking through taut skin. No, it’s the emptiness in their faces.
These children are conscious and their eyes follow you — but lethargically, devoid of expression, without tears or screams or even frowns. A starving child shuts off emotions, directing every calorie to keep vital organs functioning.
The United Nations warns that the famine in the Horn of Africa could kill 750,000 people in the coming months, and tens of thousands have already died.”
Washington Post: “This week, the scale of the challenge came into sharper focus: the United Nations declared that Somalia’s famine has spread to a sixth region and warned that at least 750,000 people are at risk of dying in the next four months if aid efforts are not stepped up. Tens of thousands have died, U.N. officials say. Most are children.”
PBS: “In Somalia, a lethal mix of drought, poverty, war and political instability has led to widespread famine. Tens of thousands have died, and half a million children are on the brink of starvation. Refugees — mostly women and children — have flooded into the Dadaab refugee complex in northeastern Kenya, overwhelming aid workers and exhausting supplies at the world’s largest refugee camp. But it’s the lucky ones that make it to Dadaab.”
Ed Kilgore: “The transformation is widely observable across the conservative landscape, with Republican fiscal proposals in the states and in Washington going after a host of other key support systems for the working poor with a vengeance: state-level EITCs, job training programs, unemployment benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, you name it. It’s also no coincidence that, in the agitation against the Affordable Care Act, many conservatives deliberately stoked resentment towards alleged redistribution of federal largesse from virtuous Medicare beneficiaries to the uninsured, who are, by definition, working individuals and families who don’t qualify for Medicaid for one reason or another.”