The United Nations has declared that the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II is taking place in a number of African countries and that twenty million people are at risk of starvation. The vast majority of the famine victims have been so affected not by natural disaster, but as a consequence of war and the massive displacement of populations, now numbering 25 million refugees worldwide.
This disturbing report is discussed on today’s “Pod Save the World” broadcast that you can download as an App or listen here – https://getcrookedmedia.com/pod-save-the-world-7cc67d64dd56)
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and a former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, speaks with the host of Pod Save the World, Tommy Vietor who served under President Obama on the National Security Council.
Miliband notes that only fifteen percent of Americans are even aware of the crisis. What’s particularly disturbing, is that the vast majority of these twenty million at risk human beings is that the famine is not a result of natural disaster, but rather a consequence of war and displacement of populations, now number 25 million refugees worldwide.
The American United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has said: “This is a crisis that should be leading every newscast and on the front page of every newspaper.”
What can we do right now to make a difference?Educate ourselves about this crisis and listening to this podcast is a good first step;
- To date only thirty-five percent of the $6.5 billion needed to head off the famine has been collected. Money save lives – so donate money today to the Globalization Emergency Response Coalition – http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9531971/k.5213/Global_Emergency_Response_Coalition.htm
- Apply political pressure to our congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle and explain that from a geo-strategic point of view, America’s withdrawal from many parts of the Muslim world gives the opportunity to malevolent forces to fill that void and make it more difficult to get food to those who are starving. Our congress people also need to be reminded that, as Miliband suggests, “We can’t enjoy the blessings of globalization unless we share the burdens of globalization.”
- Put pressure on Congress to increase the number of refugees the United States accepts beyond the 85,000 minimum that President Obama set.