G8 does nothing as Malawi famine unfolds
By Mzimasi Makiniki, Malawian activist
"Before the recent famine in Niger there was a long period when there were increasingly strong appeals for aid, but nothing happened. We have now reached that time in Malawi — and people have already begun to die.
"Perhaps four million people are facing starvation in Malawi, and there are millions of others at risk in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia.
"G8 cannot give a day’s military spending to save
12 million people on the edge of starvation"
"Remember all the hype around the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, where it was said that the world leaders would “make poverty history”?
"Now these great powers cannot give a day’s military spending to save 12 million people on the edge of starvation in southern Africa.
"At the beginning of this week the United Nations World Food Programme said it remained £100 million short of the £225 million it estimates it needs to feed those affected.
"Some children have already died from eating poisonous roots, which they had been forced to scavenge after food ran out ..."
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