STUDENT VIEWS: Failing to feed the hungry


Eighth grade students in teacher Allie Browe’s English Language Arts classes at Clarkston Junior High School are writing activism articles in their argument writing unit, and we’re publishing some of their top articles. This week, Jacqueline Dunahay presents the case for a larger world response to hunger.
World hunger is one of the world’s major epidemics and it is getting worse every day. Some 795 million people in the world don’t have enough food to lead a healthy, active life; that is every 1 in 9 people, reports the World Food Programme.
Most of these people could have an amazing future helping the world grow and prosper. If we let just one of these people starve, then we are abandoning one soul who could have made a difference in the present day and even the future.
Since so many people in developing countries are hungry, more privileged people should be compelled to help them survive, and make a difference in the world.
According to the World Food Programme, poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under 5, which is 3.1 million children each year. To say the least, this is inhumane.
As humans, we should make it a major priority to make sure our fellow men and women who are struggling feel as though they have a chance to survive and have a bright future. Maybe not for ourselves, but for the future of our children and their children because frankly, with all of the world’s problems, we’re going to need all of the help we can get.
At a whole, 3.1 million children, with so many great minds and ideas, will be lost to starvation. My church, Kensington, raises money and food for people in needy countries who are hungry. Seeing what they do in those countries, like building wells and farming, really inspires me and makes me see God and the kindness and humanity in the world.
Sixty percent of the world’s hungry are women. This in turn impacts their children.
A mother who suffers from hunger and malnourishment has an increased risk of suffering complications during childbirth or giving birth to an underweight baby, which can mean irreversible physical and mental stunting right from childbirth, reports Mercy Corps.
Not only is hunger killing off the living potential of grown men, women, and children, but now even the unborn are affected by hunger, adding to the list of futures and possibilities being taken by this problem. More privileged people may believe the money they make is theirs because they work hard for it.
This is true; no one is forcing them to donate or help this cause in any way, but if people consider all of the possibilities and saved lives that go along with this cause, then all people capable of helping should be compelled to help.
Three-hundred million children go hungry every day, and most of them are suffering from long-term malnourishment, which leads to serious health implications, and will keep them from reaching their full potential.
Malnutrition causes stunting — when the body fails to fully develop physically and mentally — and increases a child’s risk of death and lifelong illness. A child who is chronically hungry cannot grow or learn to their full ability. In short, it steals away their future, argues Mercy Corps in What You Need to Know About World Hunger.
There is so much human potential being lost, and all it would take to save it would be donations to build new farms and wells. Is their future worth it? Is the world’s future worth it? It’s the question you should ask yourself before you think about helping this amazing cause. I think it is worth it. The future success, survival, and evolution of our world is worth it.
In conclusion, the people of the world should be compelled to help world hunger. We should have more organizations and companies ready to help. Everyday people doing something small are like grains of sand on a beach, but there would be no beach without every little grain of sand.
We need to help these people . . . for them, for ourselves, and for the future of our world. Donate food, money, water, or any type of helpful resource you can, and we can solve world hunger together.
Overall, I believe in kindness and feeling the love and appreciation for a cause where lives will be saved. So, make a change in the world; let’s fix world hunger and ensure our future for years to come.

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