Famine2017: the third world needs us and we can really help them
There are bursts of news about a humanitarian crisis in North Africa and the Middle East of late but if you blink you might miss it. As quickly as the news tells the story it takes it away and replaces it with something else that you can consume. We consume news like we do much anything else in the first world. There is a time and place for that, this isn't one of them.
We cannot chew up news about humanitarian crises and throw the scraps aways only to move on to the next issue. This issue needs to remain pinned to the top of our feeds. If we treat it like any other news item we are no more than first world beasts, nothing more to it. The other thing that stunned me when the news started up this week on the looming risk of millions of people starving to death in the coming years, was the amnesia like tone of it all. Do they realise that this has been happening round the clock for decades outside the bubble they are writing their articles in? Of course they do. Telling the news is valuable, don't get me wrong. This issue needs more than just news telling. It needs our constant attention.
We need to advocate for real tangible actions on the ground in the regions needing the help most; Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and Syria. The way to do this is by action on the ground here in the developed
world. A mirror will never lose it's reflection and our reflection is staring us right in the face needing help. There are many aid organisations; Oxfam, World Food Program, Action Against Hunger, Care, World Relief but what are they doing about this crisis? Why aren't their representatives doing interviews and updating us on the viable next steps and actions they are taking right now?
Maybe I missed them but if that is the case they could not have been aired for long. I follow the news pretty closely. There needs to be decisive action on the ground. These organisations are a good place to start. We should be making inquiries about their efforts and how much they need, how much has been raised, what is being done right now? what percentage of funding is allocated to this effort, what are the relief items and services they are sending to these countries?
If there is little evidence of real results on the ground in these countries in the coming days, OTG will advocate for a crowdsourcing fundraiser with the aim of sending 100% of its proceeds to the first fully vetted charity organisation that can promise trackable results and data on relief efforts as a direct result of the crowdsource fund.
My wish is for this to be a movement that people keep discussing. The world needs hope. It must be our priority now. Let our social consciousness imagine better outcomes for all our human brothers and sisters. It is not too late, we can do this.