Food Deliveries to Cope DRC Famine Troubled

by gregpdesrosiers on January 23, 2014 - 6:09pm

For the past two years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced a civil war that has destroyed multiple villages and leaving the people taking refuge in humanitarian camps including the Mugunga camp. But now a major shortage of food assistance will leave the people in camps hungry and desperate.

According to Darcy Wintonvk’s article ‘Situation critical: Food deliveries halted in DRC emergency camps’ posted on CTV British Columbia, published on January 17, 2014, the United Nations World Food Programme experienced a “$75-million donor funding shortfall” in December and therefore most of the deliveries are now halted.

Every month, “6.3 million people are in need for food aid.” The lands of Democratic Republic of the Congo are too “harsh for families to be financially productive” in order to revive their poverty symptoms and satisfy their needs, including food, water, sanitary, and shelter. It will take another six months before deliveries resume. In addition, the people in DRC face serious conflict consequences including violence and rape.

To show compassion of the major community needs, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the article delivers the voice of a 15-year-old girl, Neema.

One improvement to this, although I can’t guarantee that food assistance deliveries will continue, is to deliver awareness to multiple audiences and figure out a way to balance out how much we donate to the victims of this and other societies where humanitarian aid is a must. We should not pay attention to donations in places where human needs are already satisfactory. Instead, we must pay attention to places where human needs are not met, just like when Peter Singer emphasizes that the child is more important than keeping your shoes clean. We have to divide how much we’re donating in such a way where humanitarian aid can be provided to all the people in excessive need globally, not just one country. Even if World Vision Canada President Dave Toycen says “we are underfunded around the world,” he states that “Just because progress is slow in the DRC doesn’t mean we’re going to give up.”

By delivering awareness and showing child compassion, we could have thousands of people now engaged in donations for only a very small amount of their usual salaries.

Comments

I think you covered the issue of hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a very good way and that your solution is the most logic and obvious one. However, I don't think that by financing food assistance we are helping them on a long term. According to this article : http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/06/opinion/06sanchez.html , the best way in helping them is by financing the local farmers to produce their own food. In this sense, they will not become dependent of our help in any sort and it is also a long term solution that could, one day, eradicate hunger.

I didn't read the article you've attached yet, but your answer actually makes sense. I seem to like it better.

Someone a long time ago told me that the only way to build a wonderful community is by trade than by donations. Question is, how are we going to find the farmers and provide them with all the farming materials they need? (let's start learning!)

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