Wednesday, May 21, 2008
DO SOMETHING!! This little girl is 3 years old!!
This picture was just on the ccn.com homepage with an article about the 120,000 kids that WILL DIE by the end of the month if they do not have food. Here is what CNN wrote:
"The rangy 3-year-old weighs less than 10 pounds, or 4 kilograms. Her long limbs, weak and folded like a praying mantis, cannot carry even her slight weight. She cannot speak. She doesn't want to eat. Health officials say she is permanently stunted.
Bizunesh -- whose name, sadly, means "plentiful" -- is one of untold numbers of children hit by this year's double blow of a countrywide drought and skyrocketing global food prices that has brought famine, once again, to Ethiopia.
"She should be bigger than this," said her mother Zewdunesh Feltam, rocking the listless child. "Before there was maize, different kinds of food. But now there is nothing ... I beg for milk from my neighbors."
The U.N. children's agency said in a statement Tuesday an estimated 126,000 Ethiopian children urgently need food and medical care because of severe malnutrition -- and called the crisis "the worst since the major humanitarian crisis of 2003."
The U.N. World Food Program estimates that 2.7 million Ethiopians will need emergency food aid because of late rains -- nearly double the number who needed help last year. An additional 5 million of Ethiopia's 80 million people receive aid each year because they never have enough food, whether harvests are good or not."
This girl's picture immediately made me sick to my stomach and I started crying. It shocked me into remembering and recognizing that kids on the other side of the world are starving to death while I throw out left overs and splurge on a coffee. This little girl is the same age as my son and her mother is being forced to beg and watch her baby die. I tried to imagine myself in a similar situation and couldn't bear it. I hope that this pictures gets a similar response out of you.
The next step that I made was to go onto the UN's World Food Programe site to see how I can donate. They desperately need donations. I know that times are tight for a lot of people (ourselves included) but we are RICH! It only takes $15 US to feed 10 kids for a week. I just went on and made a donation and I want you to do it as well. Let yourself be disturbed into action. We cannot sit by and close our eyes to this. Please help.