We are living in the 21st century, and yet we still allow people in this world to die from hunger simply because they cannot afford to buy food. We shouldn’t let this happen as there is more than enough food produced in this world to more than feed all of us. We must becaome more proactive in trying to put an end to poverty.

Here are some facts you may or may not know about hunger:

  • In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called “absolute poverty”
  • Every year 15 million children die of hunger
  • One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5
  • The Indian subcontinent has nearly half the world’s hungry people. Africa and the rest of Asia together have approximately 40%, and the remaining hungry people are found in Latin America and other parts of the world. Hunger in Global Economy
  • Nearly one in four people, 1.3 billion – a majority of humanity – live on less than $1 per day, while the world’s 358 billionaires have assets exceeding the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world’s people
  • Half of all children under five years of age in South Asia and one third of those in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished
  • Malnutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide – a proportion unmatched by any infectious disease since the Black Death
  • About 183 million children weigh less than they should for their age
  • Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger

Shocking isn’t it.

We must do our utmost to help put an end to poverty. People should not be dying of hunger in the 21st century.

“Hungry” by Kathryn Scott

One comment

  1. Thanks for this. It's heartbreaking, but something that we, as the church, really need to get to grips with. We argue, fight, stand up against the wrong things a lot of the time and often neglect that which is really important. There's never been a time when my kids have really gone hungry and it's a crying shame that for many children in this world there is little chance of even seeing their fifth birthday. We ignore this problem at our peril.


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