Eye on the world: Feeding the hungry in Africa

In “Famine must receive more of the world’s attentionThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes, “That famine could ravage millions of people in the 21st century seems unthinkable. But somehow the same world that is agog at driverless cars and looming trips to Mars is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in seven decades. As many as 20 million people face the threat of starvation in South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, according to the United Nations. When the UN declares a famine, it isn’t saying that a crisis looms on the horizon: It means that very bad things are already happening, that many people have already died…. The ‘why’ behind famine isn’t mysterious. Enough food is produced to feed the 7.5 billion people on the planet. But often wars and other internal armed conflicts interfere with the ability of humanitarian groups to reach those in need. And more and more existing extremes of weather, including drought, are made worse by the creeping effects of human-induced climate change…. [T]his urgent issue needs to take a more prominent place in news reports—and in the prayers and individual efforts of Americans and people everywhere.”

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