CENSORED IN 1981:

A HUNGRY CHILD DIED EVERY TWO SECONDS IN 1981

      While the world leaders debate the nuclear arms race and others warn of untold casualties from a nuclear holocaust, an estimated 50 million people quietly starve to death each year.

     In addition, according to a United Nations’ report released last year (1980), more than a half billion people – one out of every nine human beings – are severely malnourished.

     In 1981, the price of a child’s life was $100 but the world found it too high a price to pay. UNICEF Director James Grant said $100 is equivalent to only six weeks of what the world spends on arms now. But, in practice, it proved too high a price for the world to pay. And so, every two seconds of 1981 a child paid that price with its life. And 17 million of the 125 children who will be born in 1982 also will die before their fifth birthday.

     Right now, there is more than enough food being produced to meet the basic nutritional needs of every person in the world if it were wisely distributed.(So it’s not because there wasn’t enough food.)

     The failure of the media to make hunger a critical international issue qualified this story as the #4 “best censored” stories of 1981. The original sources for this story were Senior Scholastic, 10/16/81; CoEvolution Quarterly, Winter 1981.   

      

REPORTED IN 2009:

NEARLY 1 BILLION HUNGRY IN WORLD

      According to the Associated Press, 5/7/09, “The number of hungry people in the world could soon hit a record 1 billion, despite a recent drop in food prices,” as reported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s general director, Jacques Diouf.

     As a result of the recent financial crisis, “An additional 104 million people were likely to go hungry this year,” Diouf said, adding, “We have never seen so many hungry people in the world.”

     Since the Associated Press didn’t point it out, one must ask, is a hungry child still dying every two seconds as they were in 1981?  

Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it!

— George Santayana