By the time you finish reading this sentence, another child has died because of a lack of food. Hunger in our world is killing one kid every six seconds.
Poverty and hunger go hand in hand. The United Nations goals over a decade ago were to cut poverty in half by the year 2015. According to the Worldbank.org, poverty is defined as:
“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.”
One child dies every six seconds in the world because of “undernourishment related problems” according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director, General Jacques Diouf.
According to GlobalIssues.org, the statistics are grim reminders that although we have made some progress with regard to poverty and hunger, people are living in poverty in vast numbers:
“Over 3 Billion people (one-half of the world’s population) still living on less than $2.50 per day and 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 per day.
One Billion children (1 in every 2 children in the world) live in poverty.
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
People are starving to death. According to the FAO:
“There are seven countries which account for two-thirds of the world’s hungry. They include China, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Pakistan. Two countries account for 50% of world hunger and they are India and China and sub-Saharan Africa has 30% – one out of three people continue to be malnourished.”
Three or more children died from malnourishment while you were reading this article. Keep the kids in your prayers.