Friday, 17 October 2008

Starvation Update

Titian - Diana and Actaeon (1556-59) detailFor Blog Action Day: Poverty on 15 October I published two posts on starvation. In the second of these posts - The Art Fund's £1m - I asked "How many children will die of starvation before that deadline [31 December] is met?" Former UN chief Kofi Annan provided the answer during a speech for World Food Day, which was yesterday in case you missed it. He stated that 10,000 children die from malnutrition each day. So, from 15 October to 31 December roughly three quarters of a million children will die of starvation. This is why in 2007 Jean Ziegler, the former UN special rapporteur on the right to food, condemned biofuels as a "crime against humanity" (CLICK, CLICK, CLICK).


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