The F Word

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t paid a ton of attention to what’s happening in Africa. And that’s what the group ONE is trying to change. They know that nothing can really happen for the better as long as people who are comfortable remain apathetic to the famine happening halfway across the world. They’re not asking for your money (OK, not primarily), they’re asking for your attention. And they’ve got mine. I’ve always thought that a well-placed F-bomb could improve almost any argument.


From ONE co-founder Bono:

More than 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Mothers are forced to decide who to feed and who to let die. In 2011? That’s obscene. This is complicated, no-one’s pretending it’s easy – Somalia has been without a functioning government for 20 years – but droughts don’t have to result in famine, just look at Ethiopia and Kenya who have preventative policies in place. There are things that can be done, and if we really believe the life of a child in East Africa is worth the same as the lives of our own children, we have to act.

I try to put myself in the place of these mothers, and I have a hard time. On any given day my worst dilemma is usually something along the lines of bagel or pizza, not which child to feed. It’s a huge problem that will only be solved with big, bold solutions that are much bigger than any one of us, so it’s easy to get paralyzed into inaction. But the great thing about ONE is that there are things we can all do that don’t involve hopping on a plane and delivering food to war-torn countries.

The best place to start? You can give people the facts and make them aware of just how dire the problem is. Blog it, tweet it, facebook it, share it. Remind the people in  your life that we were unimaginably lucky to be born in a place at a time when our problems are petty compared to much of the world.

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  1. says

    Thanks for the support, Amy! Great post! Bob Geldof, the other co-founder of ONE, always says that the only difference between “us” and “them” is that we were born on the lucky side of the world — you captured that perfectly here.

  2. Cara says

    I read a book last year called “The boy who harnessed the wind” by William Kamkwamba….if you want to know what it is like to live through famine and drought in Africa read this book.

  3. Cara says

    It’s a bit hard to get into at the start but after the first few chapters it’s one of the best books i’ve read in awhile.

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