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A woman holds her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre in southern Niger. Photograph: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images
Starving people in drought-stricken west Africa are being forced to eat leaves and collect grain from ant hills, say aid agencies, warning that 10 million people face starvation across the region.
With food prices soaring and malnourished livestock dying, villagers were turning to any sources of food to stay alive, said Charles Bambara, Oxfam officer for the west African region.
"People are eating wild fruit and leaves, and building ant hills just to capture the tiny amount of grain that the ants collect inside. More...
Starvation in Africa is not inevitable. It can be ended by a concerted effort by the wealthier, governments, religious organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address this issue. A stance must be taken that starvation is unacceptable. These starving people be viewed as if they are our relatives who need our help, not just as poor unfortunates living in a society far removed from our own. This is our problem as well as theirs. Our society one day will be judged by what we have done for those who could not do for themselves alone. We must act now. There are many organizations who you can contact to forward your donations. Contact your religious institution or conduct a Google search of donar organizations. Please help!
John H. Armwood
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Washington, Jun 16 - Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after the White House announced it had reached a deal with BP to require the oil company to place $20 billion into an escrow fund to pay claims filed against the company in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.
“We all agree that BP should be held fully responsible for its complicity in the oil tragedy in the Gulf,” said Chairman Price. “In fact, BP has already begun paying claims. Any attempt by the company to sidestep that responsibility should be met with the strongest legal recourses available. However, in an administration that appears not to respect fundamental American principles, it is important to note that there is no legal authority for the President to compel a private company to set up or contribute to an escrow account.
“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics. These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an environmental disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better.” More...