Hunger is one of the greatest crimes, says Amos in WFP tribute

8 February, 2012
Relief food at a WFP warehouse in Mogadishu, Somalia. Credit: IRIN/Kate Holt
Relief food at a WFP warehouse in Mogadishu, Somalia. Credit: IRIN/Kate Holt

“In a world where so many of us have so much... one in seven people go to bed hungry every night,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has said in a video tribute to the World Food Programme (WFP) on its fiftieth anniversary.

WFP has led the global fight against hunger since 1962. About 925 million people worldwide do not have enough to eat—more than the combined population of the United States, Canada and the European Union. WFP helps feed millions of people affected by crisis every day.

“Hunger is one of the greatest crimes in our world today. It should not exist, but where it does WFP is playing an essential role in ensuring that people get the help they need to survive,” says Ms. Amos.   

“I have seen, in Somalia, children so weak that they can’t even lift their heads—their mothers in despair. I have seen women in Niger who have walked for days in search of food. Recently in North Korea, I saw an entire population weakened and stunted by malnutrition.”

From Niger to South Sudan, Haiti to Colombia, Afghanistan to Myanmar, Yemen to the occupied Palestinian territory, WFP has 14,500 aid workers in 92 countries serving 100 million people.

More>> WFP website  -  ERC Amos' video tribute

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