Healthcare | August 8, 2005
Douglas Drenkow, "Progressive
Posted in "GordonTalk"
From Left Field"
landlocked, impoverished west African nation of Niger
has probably never had so much press: Tales of "yellow
cake" uranium have been supplanted in the headlines by heart-wrenching
pictures of poor, starving children and adults.
of thousands of people are at risk, from a famine caused by
drought, locusts, and unsustainable agricultural practices,
aggravated by local greed -- "free
market" solutions are not panaceas to poverty -- as
well as global indifference.
we can make a difference. We can save the lives of others --
most of them younger, poorer, and blacker than most of us, but
no less human than any of us.
to MSNBC, here are some of the legitimate famine relief
organizations helping out in Niger...
addition, faith-based organizations are rising to the occasion
and are working
together to help those in need (religion at its best, in my
Jewish World Service
give whatever you can afford. Don't let the "fifteen
minutes of fame" that the recent pictures on the news have
finally brought to these poor, suffering people recede into our
all-too-short attention spans' collective memory. Keep the story
alive. Keep the children alive.
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