Monday, June 30, 2008

There's too much food in the fridge.


My family(unlike me of course. :P) are from a very long line of staunch conservative Catholics who make it compulsory to attend church every Sunday and to help willingly whenever help is needed or asked for. Traditions of it have been handed down from Grandma.. hail grandma, may she rest in peace.

Last Sunday, mother was at this charity fund raiser for the old folks home, and she came back with a ton of food.

I surprised my ownself when I thought, it would be better if we just gave the food to the poor children. We had so much of food in the fridge anyways. Then I started thinking about children in Ethiopia and googled it.


I saw pictures that gripped my heart so hard that I just have to put them up here.
It's from boston.com .

The page showed the anguish of parents whose children suffer from malnutrition and eventually die because there's no hope.


Imagine if you were a mother and your child was dying. Every mother would hope for the best for you to get better...But in Ethiopia, there's no hope. You just wait for your child to die.




The pictures below are about Michu, a 4 year old little girl, who passed away due to malnutrition.

Amina Nanessa Mohamed cries outside the intensive care unit of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders after her four-year-old daughter Michu died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, June 8, 2008. Some 4.5 million Ethiopians need emergency food aid due to failed rains and high food prices, reviving grim memories of the country's 1984-1985 famine. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)


Chaltu Mohamed cries outside the intensive care unit of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders after her four-year-old sister Michu died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, June 8, 2008.
(REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)



A relative carries the body of four-year-old Michu Mohamed who died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, June 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)


Kufu Mohamed stands outside his tukul as his mother Amima arrives home with the body of his four-year-old sister Michu who died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, June 8, 2008. Kufu, which also suffers of malnutrition, was later taken to a Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders intensive care unit. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)


Amina Nanessa Mohamed cries as she arrives at her home carrying the body of her four-year-old daughter Michu who died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia June 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)

Relatives, following Muslim tradition, wash the body of Michu Mohamed, a four year old girl who died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, June 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)


Men bury four-year-old Michu Mohamed who died of malnutrition near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia, June 8, 2008. Kufu, her brother which also suffers from malnutrition, was later taken to a Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders intensive care unit. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti)



You cannot imagine this, because you've not been through it.Come on, you have a computer to read this off the net. A computer, phone line and internet connection. Nice lifestyle... or enough money for a cyber cafe when more than 1 billion people earn less than $1 a day.

I feel restless. I wanna help, but I don't know what to do. I don't wanna just do more awareness campaigns, I've done enough of that already. I see people, reading, talking, asking, being interested but the minute they walk about and get interested in other things, they eventually loose interest. Then you loose them. I want to get something done fast and effectively. Any ideas?



GOD! We spend so much money on armistice when we don't even have enough money to help give children of the world enough food!

3 comments:

Simon Ho said...

sometimes ppl tend to take the things they have for granted. and i really feel for those who are living in such a life where having a simple meal would be a real luxury

Alexis-Marie said...

Yeah.. Back in church, we used to help out at homes and stuff.. i wonder if they're still doing that today??

Jim said...

my India starves too
but we are better off than the West

we dont starve for love

- Mother Theresa