Sunday, August 14, 2011

You have the power to end hunger

I will never forget holding my newborn baby in my arms watching a television report on the 1987 famine in Ethiopia -- hearing the haunting cries of babies whose hunger could not be met by their anguished mothers.

Tragically, today we are seeing similar images as the worst drought in 60 years again devastates the Horn of Africa, throwing as many as 13 million into desperate hunger.

With such images, it would be easy to be pessimistic about our chances of ending chronic hunger in our lifetime.

I have no pretenses about the magnitude of this challenge. There will no doubt always be hungry people. Weather, conflict or war can disrupt the lives of millions in seconds. We will always need to be prepared to respond to such emergencies and feed the hungry. And it is critical that we fully fund the humanitarian response to hunger emergencies, such as the one now in the Horn of Africa. (more)