20 million people face starvation – what are we doing?

Yesterday, the United Nations warned the world that we are facing the greatest Humanitarian Crisis since 1945 – the end of World War II. They say that more than 20 million people face the threat of starvation concentrated across 4 countries; Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. This was echoed by UNICEF when they warned that up to 1.4 million children are expected to starve to death.

UNICEF warn 1.4 million children face starvation

To put this into context, as there are approximately 60 million people in the UK, this is the equivalent of 1 third of the entire population starving to death. This is an alarming figure and I think when put into context really shows how shocking that figure is.

A separate study for the UN shows that the richest 1% of adults in the world own approximately 40% of the world’s wealth. With few individuals owning vast amounts of money. This is grotesquely unjust and these kind of figures show that the current capitalist model our richest nations are governing themselves by, is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. The divide is large and the combined wealth of the most powerful nations could do something, but they are simply idle about it. Divides create levels of power and power is what they want.

However, it is clear that there is a serious issue in the distribution of wealth worldwide and although they help, simple donations from ordinary people isn’t going to solve the issue. There needs to be serious reform in how wealth is distributed to seriously improve the absolutely abhorrent levels of inequality that millions of people on the planet currently face.

Connor French (@connorfrench96)