"Every 3,5 seconds one person die in the world from hunger."...sad poetry.
This poor child was a refugee from civil war.
Africa was devastated for droughts and over all for civil wars (between 30 and 40 in the end of XX century), all the African continent seems to have dived in the abyss. Finished the conflicts the terror does not finish in the agricultural zones, where the presence of mines and the blown up ammunition does not constitute a permanent threat to the reconstruction of the agricultural communities.
What is happening worldwide about prices of food and it’s repercussions in the feeding problem around the globe?
Last year rice price raise up > 60 %( report 3 - 2007 / 4 - 2008 )
Hundreds of millions of hungry poor people in the whole world appeal to solidarity from those that are drown in the consumer and wastefulness.
But will that solidarity be understandable for all?
Photo/scan - Lobito - April 1993
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velocista (895) 2008-04-13 9:53
olá, imagem que deixa qualquer um sem palavras. obrigado por partilhar!
kleeross (159) 2008-04-13 10:04
Great picture of a very bitter reality. I appreciate your note and agree with anvallanius in regards to the things we can often take for granted. TFS!
flatwin (2097) 2008-04-13 10:12
une photo choc qui nous montre les ravages de la guerre dans ce pays.
merci de ce partage
torre (931) 2008-04-13 10:56
Olá José. Impressionante imagem. Sem querer transformar isto num blogue politico, digo que apesar de ter terminado "por completo" a guerra civil que era responsável por todos os males, tarda que o sofrimento deste povo tenha um fim em perspectiva.
Parabéns pelas fotos.
Koala1 (112) 2008-04-13 11:28
Poor little kids, they are innocent. they don't deserve something like this. really is shocking.
gabrielpat (7163) 2008-04-13 11:43
nothing to add to such a shot.i did this job many years ago and i am shoking to see the gloves!a kind of frontiere between two world?
Melina (20) 2008-04-13 11:48
Beyond all photography criteria, this is one of the most down to earth and impressive pictures I have seen... when there´s nothing pretty about it.
Sad but true, war is always in the way of food ditribution inspite of it´s price, and it gets worse by knowing that there´s more than enough food for everyone in this planet (it´s around 3000 kcal per person daily!!)... We just need to get it to the right places in time overcoming the obstacles, how?
Food safety... just a dream?
Leilani (1385) 2008-04-13 16:52
yes Jose, sadness and shock.
Heart wrenching that an innocent child can endure such hardship. Mind numbing that we ignore problems like this. It puts into reality what our priorty should be, humanity.
Not saving the animals over humans, nor keeping up with the Jones. We should be trying to save other lives. Thank you for putting into perspective our little "issues" that we may encounter daily and believe in our spoilt heads is a problem... No, they are not problems. Situations like the one in this picture is the problem. These are the type of things we need to be thinking about in the forefront of our minds... Not the materialistic and selfish thoughts that seem to overtake our mind so easily.
Thank you for this jolt of awakening this late night.
Kind Regards, Leilani
lopshang (720) 2008-04-13 18:37
Very appealing shot. Your note too are very true. Is ironic that how people suffers in one part and how people lives in a leisure life. Great composition and very compelling submission.
xuaxo (6830) 2008-04-14 5:29
Não consigo acrescentar mais nada ao que já foi escrito aqui.
Polonaise (5796) 2008-04-14 20:25
As usual - a shocking (yet - so well known) photos from that slaughtering house of the world - Africa !
Hunger in Africa is caused by Africans...
World’s prices of food, its distribution, its accessibility - has NOTHING to do with the hunger in Africa.
Hunger in Africa is a very, very African thing...
From A to Z...
Has our world ability to change that status quo in Africa..?
I think - it does (I think ?)
Will our world change the status quo in Africa...?
Oh, well... Hmmm... You know...
I would say: Yes ! (at the first signs of cooperation from African themselves, though ?).
So far - no such signs had been given (clear and sound signs - that is)
The world won't change because of Africa.
Africa might change because of the world (it's much, much easier to do, eh?).
As of now - the African parents (not all of them, but of course) are regularly murdering their own kids...
As long as that situation won't be clarified - the world won't be able to stop the killing of the kids of Africa.
Food prices and food production ?
Africa has the potentiality to be THE BIGGEST food producer in the world.
No other place, no other continent has been so richly granted in all of the goods of the world - as Africa.
It looks to me like our Almighty loved Africa more than any other place on earth.
What African did with that love - that's a different story.. (;-))))
optimistically yours - george
litiancai (1048) 2008-04-29 19:49
It's one of those pictures you don't want to look at, but just can't help doing it (a guilty concious maybe?)
In the west we live our lives to excess and get angered by the smallest things that bother us in our societies, all the time not needing for anything, but desiring everything. People like this don't have the privilege of being able to desire everything, as their lives are consumed by meeting their needs, not their wants.
As for the comments of Polonaise below, I must say I'm a little shocked! I'm not necessarily disputing the facts of what he says, but I think he needs to consider a little further back in time and remember how Africa got to this stage. I'm sure Africa would have been very different had it not experienced hundreds of years of it' people being treated like lesser human beings, making them slaves in their own countries to the European minority rulers of the UK, France, Portugal and the Nederlands, and exploiting all of their natural wealth for the benefit of foreign individuals, whilst the African people received none of it.
As for Africa potentially being the biggest food producer, I have no idea if this is true, but what I do know is that whilst this may be be true for the continent, it's certainly not true for individual countries as some of them are in incredibly unfortunate global positions with limited water availability and poor soil. Hundreds of years ago this probably wouldn't have been too much of a problem, but once the European powers had come along with their map, a pencil and a ruler all of a sudden it becomes difficult to move to another more fertile area as it's now a different country.
Jose, many thanks for sharing this photograph
faubry (35335) 2008-05-05 2:17
Mon Dieu.... impensable que l'on puisse en arriver à cette extrémité.....que les hommes sont fous.et ce sont toujours les pauvres qui souffrent.Je ne suis pas ok avec les mots si dirs de George.. merci pour ce témoignage si fort, tu fais du bon travail, bravo à toi.
cdmonson (4301) 2008-05-15 7:05
Thank you for sharing these pictures, and thank you for your note. I agree wholeheartedly with Leilani that people should be our priority over animals, comfort, the environment or any otherwise good cause that we might have. How to help these countries though? I still don't know the answer to that.
Enough philosophizing and politicizing though. Critiquing a photo seems somewhat inappropriate in this case, but I do have to say that I like that you've only included the hands and arms of the aid worker, so that the focus is on the child and the theme is receiving help from above. Thanks again for sharing.
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-05-25 13:17
this is totally shocking. It is hard to believe it is the truth about our times. I am grateful you are a member of TE, showing us all this. It can not be ignored.
Thanks for sharing
Booz (14343) 2008-06-24 0:23
Thank you for this picture - picture of human patology.. we are talking about cosmos, about prices of oil.. and in this same time in the many places of this same world somebody die from hunger..
kschanna (6) 2008-10-13 2:22
Striking shot, if only we in the so called developed world could share a minute percentage of our GDP we can alleviate chronic hunger, but see the problem is that our greed and desire for more comes in the way which is too precious to us...our media, gov'ts and the markets dont prefer showing us these shocking images...they disturb the calm.
I salut you for having the audaciousness to show is these images.
dasilva (141) 2008-10-29 3:02
"aprender sobre o mundo através da fotografia" infelizmente não é só ver lindas paisagens.
Acho importante não colocar uma foto choque sem adicionar um comentário. Fez isso muito bem.
Obrigada por partilhar sua experiência.
zesopol (258) 2008-11-08 11:31
Very powerful image and massage. It is so touching! Thx Jose, for sharing this images with us.
Ze'sopol from Timor-Leste
papadimitriou (272) 2008-12-05 6:03
Have a Great weekend
tomauer (316) 2009-04-02 3:50
a real reality hit. shocking, and something that actually you do not want to look at, yet are compelled to. It hurts to look at, but must be shown. And thanks for sharing this with the world, it should enlighten a lot of people i can only imagine. As for Polognaises comments, interesting points, but i must totally agree with litiancai's replies. The problems in Africa definitely are not genetically based, but years of abuse and exploitation have taught generations how to grow up this way, once white folk left, rich from the peoples exploitation, hey, why can't the colored man do the same? This crap does not discriminate, but past history sure helped spread these new teachings. It's my opinion of course, i feel that a lot of this is post-colonialism, a very bad after effect of years of abuse. Just think of the thousands of years of Tribal society in Africa, living among others, sustaining life, a thriving community, culture and people. They lived their thousands of years if not more, with no problem. Then the classic "Civilisation" word is thrown at them by invading men from other lands. Think of the difference it would make if Other people let life be as is. Of course we don't know what could be made of this, but it would be a very different outcome to todays image of Africa.
Bravo for the thought evoking image, a real conflicting strong image.
Thanks indeed for Sharing.
madredeus (494) 2009-04-18 14:37
"Excuse me Mr.
Can't you see the children dying?
You say that you can't help them,
Mr. you're not even trying.
Excuse me Mr.
Just take a look around.
Oh, Mr. just look up and you will,
You'll see it's coming down.
Oh, excuse me Mr. but I'm, I'm a mister too.
And you're givin' Mr. a bad name,
Mr. like you.
So, I'm taking the Mr. from out in front of your name,
'cause it's a Mr. like you that puts the rest of us to shame.
it's a Mr. like you, puts the rest of us to shame." (song by Ben Harper)
Solidarity for all.
Jamierussell (5933) 2009-04-30 4:34
OMG, this is terrible, but it brings tears to my eyes, i just don't know what to say.
This needed to be shown though.
manatee (4642) 2009-09-14 13:49
This kind of storys hurt me so much, if there is something than I can help I will be so happy to do it, Im a physical therapist, I have a master, speciality adn one year of my PhD. Im sure I have a mission in my life to help in some way andI would like to do somehitng about it so if you know the way I would like to do something about it
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- Genre: People
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- Date Taken: 1993-04-00
- Categories: Daily Life
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