Sternly Posted November 21, 2004 Share Posted November 21, 2004 I saw a program on the BBC which was about the Ethiopians and how people, specially in Britain reacted, when it was showed on television that they were dying of hunger. It was a documentary that showed the first images that the world had of people there, in that situation. (80's) And then it shows the Live Aid concert, the marathon, Margareth Thatcher and the Communist Goverment in Ethiopia, how in Europe you have thousands of kilos of grain unused (overproduction) and how there (Ethiopia) no one had a single thing to eat and when finally 'the rest of the world' send them food, they didn't have any roads to get the food where they wanted to. This was not what called my atention though. The program was focus on two person: Bob Geldford (he was member of a British band, quite famous at the time) and a lady who worked for the Red Cross. She went to a very poor area and there were not hundred, but thousands of people starving and they didn't have enough food for everyone, so what the Red Cross did was to build four walls and the people inside the wall would get fed and the one outside, would not received food at all. Twenty years later, she returns with the BBC correponsal and everyone salutes her and so and they showed videos of people and things like that, and that really didn't called my atention at all, what it did was the fact that now the number of people starving has doubled, and since in the 80's quite a lot of people was fed and survived, the population kept growing and they reproduced and now the problem is much bigger than it used to be. In a c ountry with 80% of the population living outside the cities, and dying of starvation (in the city that doesn't happen as in counry side) you realise is a big problem that has no solution in the short term (but politicians love things in the short term) Everytime I think of this, I make a comparison with AIDS. I love the African Continent and I would work for free If you asked me to, just to help there - a thing that I probably wouldnt do here - but you just can't go and say like "We are going to buy food for eveyone starving". Besides of sounding unrealistic, it doesn't solve the problem from it's root. You have to teach people, you can't give them all, because you'll get to a point where you have nothing else to give and hundreds of people depending on you... as we say, "Teach them how to fish". But looking from a rather colder point of view, that continent would be overpopulated If it wasn't for AIDS and Food problems, which is the cause of most dieases there. Suppose you find a cure for AIDS, well not a cure, but cheap medicines that stop the disease 'growing in your body' (a thing different to the retroviruals that they use now) Great! People will suffer less from it, the country won't loose so many people in their most productive years and families will not be tear apart by the disease, but that would mean that the number of infected people would rise at an impressive speed and sooner or later the organism will get used to it and will have an even bigger catastrophere. We are having so much development but it's not going ahead with education, which is the key of all. What's more dangerous and useful than an educated society? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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