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#1 Posted on 5.8.05 0654.51
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If this isn't the right forum for this, I am sure an admin will move it to the correct one.

A critical food shortage in Niger, brought on by a combination of drought and locust infestation, threatens the lives of some 3.3 million people — including 800,000 children under age five. My family and I have been watching the news coverage of this and gives my children a stark contrast to their daily lives. When they stick their nose up at eating their vegetables, the images of these poor malnourished children are vivid. Every time a story about Niger comes on the news, my wife ends up crying. We have it so good in this country and we take a lot of it for granted.

So, read more about Niger here: Click Here (news.yahoo.com)

And if you want to donate, you can do it here: Click Here (networkforgood.org) or here: Click Here (unicefusa.org)
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#2 Posted on 5.8.05 0716.30
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The most frustrating thing about the food shortage in Niger - similar to the recent food shortage and famine in Rwanda - is that the country itself seems to have an abundance of food - but the poor people, the subsistance farmers - can't afford to buy it. So instead of the home country supplying their needs, other countries oe peoples do. The other CNN stories linked talked about all the Moms and kids showing up at the charity food give-aways - and many of them with well-fed kids - but that's where the food is.

Admittedly, their country is in bad shape all around. I just looked them up and the GDP per capita is 145th out of 152nd on the list. Behind Kenya is not a good sign. But, encouragingly, they are increasing.

I think we have feed these kids, Like Pieman said. I think UNICEF is probably my choice, although I am going to buzz over to World Vision and see if they have anything in the country first. I have found them to have the highest donation to services ratio of the charity providers. I am not thinking World Vision has anything going in Western Africa right now.
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#3 Posted on 11.8.05 0108.45
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It is revelatory of the general priorities of our society, i think, that this posting has recieved only 1 response until now, while one on the discovery of a little frozen rock being dubbed the "10th planet", has garnered 18 replies...... the health and welfare, life or death of hundreds of thousands of people unfortunate enough to live in one of the poorest countries on the planet are seemingly no match for sensational tidings which will undoubtedly soon be put to use in such lemming/cult-like pursuits as astrology and video games. I hope my seeming cynism will be excused: i just can't fathom how supposedly "civilized" people can so often virtually ignore or at best simply yawn and change the channel either physically or just mentally, when presented with large-scale suffering of their fellow human beings - yet get worked up into a positively rabid lather when a popular cultural icon reveals a tiny glimpse of a breast covered only by a little star-shaped sticker during a sporting contest. And people wonder how the Bush man managed to fool enough of the people yet one more time, to retain his illegally-obtained "elected" grasp on the levers of power in the richest, most heavily armed country on the planet [insert appropriate smilies here...].

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#4 Posted on 11.8.05 1038.11
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    Originally posted by Thecanadianone
    It is revelatory of the general priorities of our society, i think, that this posting has recieved only 1 response until now, while one on the discovery of a little frozen rock being dubbed the "10th planet", has garnered 18 replies...... the health and welfare, life or death of hundreds of thousands of people unfortunate enough to live in one of the poorest countries on the planet are seemingly no match for sensational tidings which will undoubtedly soon be put to use in such lemming/cult-like pursuits as astrology and video games. I hope my seeming cynism will be excused: i just can't fathom how supposedly "civilized" people can so often virtually ignore or at best simply yawn and change the channel either physically or just mentally, when presented with large-scale suffering of their fellow human beings - yet get worked up into a positively rabid lather when a popular cultural icon reveals a tiny glimpse of a breast covered only by a little star-shaped sticker during a sporting contest.

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    Thecanadianone.

    (edited by Thecanadianone on 10.8.05 2310)


You answered your own question. We are becoming numb to tragedy and sports, 10th planets, etc., are a nice diversion and take our minds off of the problem. Also, we as a country have at best had middling interest in Africa (with the exception of apartheid).

These are many difficult situations that the industrialized world should address but we seem to lack the courage and fear the involvement. We aren't bad or heartless but somewhat cold and indifferent.
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#5 Posted on 11.8.05 1214.05
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    Originally posted by Thecanadianone
    It is revelatory of the general priorities of our society, i think, that this posting has recieved only 1 response until now, while one on the discovery of a little frozen rock being dubbed the "10th planet", has garnered 18 replies......
If there had been a hundred "yes, hunger is bad," "me too," "I made a bigger donation than you" posts in this thread, although YOU might have been happy, *I* would have had to put a bullet in it.

Attempting to extrapolate the behaviour of the "general priorities of...society" from a message board is probably one of the dumber, more fruiteless exploits a person could undertake.

I wish you'd spent as much time working on formatting your thoughts into a readable format as you appear to be doing coming up with a different closing each time.

Don't get me wrong - I'm glad you've decided to post after 9 months (and 2 1/2 years after registering), but you sure have a funny way of picking your spots.
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