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Hungry Children

One out of 7 children born in underdeveloped countries is sentenced to die before reaching the age of 5.

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(MADRID) - Let us consider the following statistical data regarding child hunger:

Every 6 seconds a child of less than 5 years dies of hunger. Every 3 minutes 30 children die from pauperization. According to a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 6 million children of less than 5 years suffer from malnutrition every year. More than 180 million children of less than 10 years suffer from hunger, because they do not have anything to eat.

Due to the poor health and malnutrition of their mothers during pregnancy, 177 million children development later than they naturally should, while 8 million newborns die annually. These statistics come from countries where 15 million of young girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are the ones to give birth.

The different analyses of progress indicate that the world is far from reaching the goal that was established during the World Food Summit of 1996. The goal was to reduce in half the amount of children suffering from hunger by 2015. Where nutrition becomes difficult, a child has a life expectancy of 38 years, while the 24 wealthiest countries have a life expectancy of 70 years.

One out of 7 children born in underdeveloped countries is sentenced to die before reaching the age of 5. The annual estimate is of 250,000 children. The report asserts that the majority of children from these countries die due to the lack of vital nutrition; a state which weakens them, reduces their weight, and elevates their vulnerability.

Furthermore, these children are exposed to a high risk of infectious diseases. In underdeveloped countries, diarrhea, acute respiratory diseases, malaria, and measles are the ones to blame for most of child deaths.

This crude reality is seen in all Hispanic countries, as well as in the Caribbean.

St. Augustin asserted that, “that which remains to the rich is patrimony of the poor”.

(Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti)

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Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer Roselló, a prestigious Spanish advertising character, presents a fascinating personal and professional career fully devoted to the world of communication in its varied dimensions. He earned a PhD in Information Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, BA in Advertising from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Master in Marketing from the School of Marketing Studies in Madrid.

He has been Associate Professor of Business Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Navarra and a contributor to the Madrid daily ABC. He also spent several years teaching, both in the Official School of Advertising as the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 he was awarded the Gold Master, granted by the Senior Management Forum and AMPE Prize 1996 to the "long and brilliant career advertising."

You can write to Clemente at this address: clementeferrer3@gmail.com




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Vic July 19, 2010 4:11 pm (Pacific time)

The United States alone has the capacity to feed the world five times over, according to The Hunger Project. Too bad we are preoccupied with military domination of the world.


Anonymous July 19, 2010 2:30 pm (Pacific time)

This age old problem can only be solved by reducing the population to the available resources in each particular geographical area in the world that is suffering hunger and starvation. If you provide food to match a constantly growing population you will soon run out of food. Strerilization is far better than abortion in addressing this situation. Neither is a nice thing to discuss, but starvation is a far worse thing to deal with.

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