@_hunger_ – Somalia and the United States (Startling Statistics) 10/21/2011 Dustin Cassell

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

According to the USAID every 6 minutes a child dies in Somalia. In contrast, every 6 minutes a person dies from heart disease in the UK, every 6 minutes the US population spends over 1 million dollars on fast food. How many people could have been saved with that money? After 3 months since the famine has been declared by the UN in the Horn of Africa, it is estimated that 400,000 children are still at risk of dying over the next several months. That's potentially 400,000 dreams that will never be, never were, never even had a chance.

In the United States, because of the recession, many people have begun to argue that we simply do not have the funds to help others around the world. To get a better picture of what we spend our money on in the US, below is a graph which displays some of the ways we spend our money (graphed in millions of dollars). Thus far the US government has donated roughly 560 million dollars to aid the famine in Somalia. At the same time, in one year the US spends 1 billion dollars on food waste. Even more astonishing, Americans spend over 40 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products, 110 billion on fast food, and finally 168 billion on obesity related health problems.

This should be a wake up call to all people around the world. By donating 560 million dollars, we have essentially given what we would spend in 8.3 hours on fast food in this country. Starvation is a slow process, often lasting months at a time before a person succumbs to death. A heart attack takes just 15-20 minutes, and in that same time frame 3 children will have died in Somalia. In 2011 how can this unnatural parity still exist in nature? That is, how can some have so much, while others have so little? The very idea that a famine could happen in 2011 is a clear testament that despite our growth in unity, we must still be humble – we must still acknowledge our weaknesses. Through faith in our dreams, there is hope. But if we do not take action, dreams and hope will do little to help the 400,000 children in the Horn of Africa which live on the brink of starvation.
Follow us on: – – – Sources: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disaster_assistance/countries/horn_of_africa/template/fs_sr/fy2011 /hoa_ce_fs06_08-08-2011.pdf (US Spending in the Horn of Africa) http://www.bsudailynews.com/mobile/universities-going-trayless-making-dining-eco-friendly-1.2654631 (Food Waste) http://www.usaid.gov/fwd/ (every 6 minutes a child dies in Somalia) http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2008/01/the_diet_indust.html (Weight Loss Programs) http://www2.le.ac.uk/alumni/crcappeal (heart attack rates in the UK) http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/fitness/2010-10-18-obesity-costs_N.htm (cost of obesity) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15380244 (400,000 children at risk of death) Facebook Twitter Pinterst

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