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 … Continue reading Famine afar, famine of compassion at home
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 … Continue reading Hunger at Thanksgiving
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 … Continue reading Food Prize Honors Former Ghanaian, Brazilian Presidents
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 … Continue reading A Diplomatic Surge to Stop Somalia’s Famine
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 … Continue reading Glimpses of the Next Great Famine
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, … Continue reading Inside a Mogadishu hospital, a struggle to treat the smallest victims of famine
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 … Continue reading The Lucky Ones 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, … Continue reading How the Working Poor Became the New Welfare Queens