Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jousting with the “Silent Tsunami”

“This is a silent tsunami, and one that’s virtually hitting every developing nation on the earth.”
–Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Program.

Import-dependent third world developing countries are most at risk of being swamped by the “silent tsunami.” As the world financial crisis grips and begins to take its inevitable casualties, we’ll see more catastrophic devastation hit traditional ‘sites of starvation,’ and what will be the Western world’s response?

Fortunately and thankfully, we know the solutions to the problems, apparently, so there is only the challenge now of planning, logistics and execution--and sufficient funding. It appears that the unprecedented financial shortfalls will continue and the financial crisis will put even more strain on the system, further complicating national and transnational socioeconomic and sustainability issues.

The cycle of poverty and hunger is devastating at a national level for countries exposed. With shortened life expectancy per capita, there is “less economic output and outcome,”[1] as the draw on national systems through disease, malnutrition and poor family outcomes beats secondary and tertiary waves of oppression over them.

A ‘green revolution’ is required in Africa to assist in the sustainability of food resources; Western backing for such programs and initiatives is required. The input of farmers in these regions is particularly crucial.

To a person, there must be some response. We may think we have nothing to contribute, and no possible impact on this situation, but I think we’re errant and irresponsible with that approach.

One less bought coffee or soft drink per week diverted to a well-directed campaign can make a significant difference; a dozen meals can be created.

Mother Teresa said, “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person,” and “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Our compassion does not need to change the world; it merely needs to make a person smile or make a belly full, that’s all.

One way people can help is by responding to Compassion by googling “Global Food Crisis.”

Simply pray, fast, give, share. Get involved.

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Copyright © 2009, S. J. Wickham. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[1] See article from the Wall Street Journal at:

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