Matt Wade wrote a compelling piece in Saturdays SMH called A Tragedy in Niger. With photographer Janie Barrett, his article brings a personal and broad picture of the issues in Africa.
Africa has been a continent in need for generations. We have seen the ads of starving children for decades. In my head I know I am immune to the emotional plays made by marketing guru’s who want my heart, my dollars, my …
Matt Wade focuses on Niger, but the story is not much different Somalia, Chad, Mali and other countries. The figures are daunting
- 6.5 million people in Niger are starving (18 million affected)
- 8% of kids admitted to hospital from malnutrition die
- The number of kids suffering malnutrition arriving at hospital has quadrupled
- Australia Govt has given 31 million in aid since January
What do we do with Africa?
Step 1 – Be aware. Read the article. Skip the politics and the blame game. Simply be aware. Read the stories of the kids. Pause at the numbers.
More tomorrow …