ONE Campaign calls on G-20 leaders to address a new F word -- Famine
4 OCTOBER 2011 | Rock star Bono is calling the Famine in the Horn of Africa “the most offensive F word” in a new ONE campaign and petition, calling on world leaders to act at November’s G20 Summit to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Horn of Africa—and end the cycle of famine. In a graphic new video and campaign, ONE along with other NGO’s in a “Charter to end Poverty” calls on the world and its leaders to “keep the promises (they) have made ...to 2 billion poor people who depend on farming”—many of whom are women. “Drought may be a natural disaster, but famine is man-made.” The note to ONE Campaign members and the petition read:
“Dear world leaders,
“The famine in Somalia could kill 750,000 in the coming months, and tens of thousands have already died. When you meet at the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit in November, you have the opportunity to break the cycle of famine and ensure people are hungry no more. Lives are in your hands. Please keep the promises you have made to the 2 billion poor people who depend on farming for their livelihoods.
The reasons for the famine in the Horn of Africa are complex and solutions are difficult, especially in Somalia, but we can’t lose sight of some simple facts: -1. 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Thirty thousand. With over 12 million people at risk. 2. Famine is not a natural catastrophe – drought doesn’t have to lead to famine. It can be prevented, as we have seen in much of Kenya and Ethiopia.
In the 21st century, it’s an obscenity that people are dying because they can’t get enough food to eat. Every one of those 30,000 children is part of a family – a son, a daughter, sister or brother. We can’t imagine what it must be like to starve to death, but most of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love.
Please watch the film and make use of the voice you have -- sign the petition. It will make a difference in putting pressure on world leaders to do more to help those in need right now, and live up to promises already made to invest in the things proven to work – early warning systems...irrigation...drought resistant seeds… and of course, peace and security.
Thanks for reading.
The Famine Campaign launch builds on recent advocacy work regarding the famine, including an open letter from 58 prominent African artists, musicians and business people and the release of a “Charter to End Extreme Hunger”, organised by a coalition of NGOs including Oxfam, Save the Children, ourselves and many others.