Sunday, October 09, 2005

Travel Writing

My former roommate has been in Niger. She has posted a few photographs and a bit of writing about her experiences there. It's worth reading; here's an excerpt:
I think the reason Niger’s hunger crisis continues to elude the definitions of most journalists and many aid workers is because the level of poverty and malnutrition that has existed in Niger for several years is equal to the suffering that is usually only found elsewhere in the world during a humanitarian crisis. What do you call a hunger crisis that is worse this year, but will probably be bad next year and certainly killed many last year and the year before that? Endemic poverty? You can’t cure it with several months of food distributions and malnutrition clinics. The economic and environmental problems at its source will return next year, without a doubt.

2 Comments:

Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

This is such an overwhelming problem that one is hard pressed to find a way to personally make a difference. A site worth looking into is the Hunger Site. I have no way of personally knowing if the really makes a difference, but it certainly can't hurt. I try to click on it everyday.

Some info:

"An easy way to help is to click on the
Hunger Site: every day:

Your click on the "Give Free Food" button funds food for the hungry, paid for by site sponsors whose ads appear after you click and provided to people in need around the world through the efforts of Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest."

The same link brings to tabs to click for:
The Breast Cancer
The Children's Health Site
The Literacy Site
The Rain Forest Site
The Animal Rescue Site


I frequently read your blog and always find it interesting. Thanks for this thoughtful post. Surfing, while sipping coffee and noshing in front of the TV, it was a gentle reminder to CLICK!


JRY
An Educational Voyage

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