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THE HUNGER PROJECT " A H i r o s h i m a every three days'. - The twelve "to thirteen m i l l i o n children who die unnecessarily each y e a r , a m a j o r i t y from m a l n u t r i t i o n and hunger-related causes, is the equivalent of 120 "Hiro'shimas." During the last five years alone m o r e people have died as a consequence of starvation than from all the w a r s , revolutions and m u r d e r s of'tfoe past 150 y e a r s . With statistics like these the w r i t e r s of the "Hunger P r o j e c t " seeks to shock us out of the apathy that p e r m i t s — nay, that causes such tragedy. "As you read this 28 people a r e dying each" m i n u t e a s a consequence of hunger, m o s t of them c h i l d r e n " . 'The thought of one child so dying , if we. did not deaden our feelings .would m a k e food turn bitter in our mouths . Yet we suffer from the diseases of affluence I D a r e to feel, for just one minute'. "The a i r was heavy with odours of diarrhoea of unwashed children with washed out r i b s and dried up bottoms struggling in laboured steps behind blown empty b e l l i e s . But no Madonna and Child could touch the picture of one m o t h e r ' s tenderness for the son she soon would have to forget M o s t m o t h e r s were beyond caring but not this one, she held a ghost s m i l e between her teeth and in her eyes the ghost of a m o t h e r ' s pride a s she combed the rust coloured h a i r left on his skull and then began carefully to part i t . " Tne Hunger Project m o v e m e n t which began in A m e r i c a in 1977, places the responsibility fully on Our shoulders. "Tne source of hunger in our world is not to be found in the empty bellies of the starving but in the m i n d s of those of us, who have enough". "Hunger i s not the problem at a l l . Hunger is the symptom of a disease in our m i n d s and we a r e its v i c t i m s as a r e the h u n g r y " . "People don't die of hungar because there i s no solution — but because of the way the world w o r k s . Hunger is a function of the forces in the w o r l d , not a function of scarcity o r an absence of solutions'-'.

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The Vegan Spring 1979  

The magazine of The Vegan Society

The Vegan Spring 1979  

The magazine of The Vegan Society