(Copyright 1994. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

April 23, 1994

-- Opinion --

Working together we can end hunger


By Jill Synnott

The Tattoo

Stop and think to yourself for a minute: about how many
times have you heard the names Nancy Kerrigan or Michael
Jackson recently? Forty times? Fifty maybe?

Now think again: how many times have you heard of
Muhammed Yunus or The World Summit for Children in
your entire life? Once or twice maybe? None?

Why is it that the man who started a successful poverty
lending program on the Grameem Bank in Bangladesh or the
first time 159 world leaders met to discuss the welfare of
children rarely are topics of conversation or newspaper
articles?

I wish I knew.

The world's hungry people are searching for more than a
simple handout. They want more than our pity or guilt.

They need more than a cup of soup.

Our world's hungry men, women and children are looking to
find opportunities.

We -- students, journalists and leaders -- need to show our
support for proven, effective programs to help the world's
poor. We need more poverty lending banks and Head Start
programs around the world.

Write to your senator or editor of a local paper. Start a Youth
Ending Hunger group at your school. Call your
representatives and urge them to make the end to world
hunger not only a priority, but a reality.

Why is Connecticut spending $5 million on a skating rink
when that money could stop more than 35,000 children from
dying? Speak about those children who die each day as they
are our children.

Continue, or begin, to educate, to communicate and to
question.

Not until we make hungry people a priority will we, in our
lifetime, see the end to chronic, persistent hunger, dying
children and world starvation.

It is possible.



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