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put down the Whopper and read this...

"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist."
--Archbishop Helder Camara

"It is important for people to realize that we can make progress against world hunger, that world hunger is not hopeless. The worst enemy is apathy."
-- Reverend David Beckmann

It shouldn't be news to anyone that there is extreme hunger and poverty in our world today. But just in case you live under a large rock or just have your head so far up your ass that you're suffocating on your own full stomach, here are a few statistics for you:

>More than 854 million people in the world go hungry.
>In the U.S. alone one in ten households deals with hunger issues.
>Every year 15 million children die of hunger.
>For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for five years.
>Half of the worlds population struggles to survive on $2 a day.
>Over half of sub-Saharan Africa lacks clean, safe water.

You get the idea, I could go on for hours. Simply stated, world hunger and poverty is a huge problem that can't be swept under the rug. The efforts that are in place now are a good start but they aren't enough. I believe the problem will never be fully solved for reasons such as the fact that the areas of greatest population growth are also the highest concentrated areas of extreme poverty and hunger. It will only get worse unless the countries of this world step up and help out. But don't take it from me, take it from the many photographers and reporters that have been to the hell that exists on our earth...

Songs to listen to:
"gimme some water" - Eddie Money
"wake up" - Rage Against the Machine
"sometimes you can't make it on your own" - U2

No one has said it better than the Youngbloods back in 1967.
"Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try to love one another right now..."

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