LETTER: Keep in mind the plight of the hungry on World Meals Day

LETTER: Keep in mind the plight of the hungry on World Meals Day

The demise of Queen Elizabeth ll was marked by 10 days of mourning main into the funeral. It was a type of uncommon events which brings about an intense and collective response.

Arranging the funeral was a demanding enterprise with the detailed ceremony and ritual, making preparations for these taking part and offering safety for the company from different nations.

These attending the funeral represented the privileged and elite of this world. Most of them weren’t missing in energy and wealth: it was a gathering of the “haves”.

On the identical time, hundreds of thousands have been dwelling in excessive poverty, the “have-nots” of our world. The distinction between the meeting at Westminster Abbey and refugees dwelling in excessive poverty confirmed vividly the hole between wealthy and poor.

We reside in a world marked by wealth, energy and standing on the one hand, and by poverty, oppression and servitude on the opposite. Canada is among the many richest nations on the earth, ranked at 21. Most of us in our nation could be categorised as privileged, those that have greater than they want. What needs to be our response to the plight of the “have-nots”?

Listed below are just a few statistics to contemplate. There are 90 million displaced individual on this planet, 27 million of them dwelling in camps. Over three billion individuals exist on an unhealthy weight-reduction plan. One in 10 go to mattress hungry. Most of these dwelling with starvation reside in poor counties. Lady and youngsters account for 60 per cent of the hungry.

The hole between wealthy and poor is illustrated in a narrative Jesus tells a couple of wealthy man and a poor man referred to as Lazarus. The poor man lingers outdoors the house of the wealthy man and eats “the crumbs” from his desk. He paints an image of the wealthy man who is completely engrossed in himself whereas treating Lazarus as invisible. It’s a profound reality concerning the outlook of the wealthy and highly effective, together with ourselves.


Canada is among the many richest nations on the earth, ranked at 21. Most of us in our nation could be categorised as privileged, those that have greater than they want. What needs to be our response to the plight of the “have-nots”?


We’re requested to recollect the plight of the hungry on World Meals Day (Oct. 16). It’s a time to extend consciousness of world starvation and poverty and to encourage options for world change. It presents a imaginative and prescient to have interaction, empower and encourage everybody to make a distinction on the earth. We will present sufficient meals to feed 10 billion, whereas the world’s inhabitants is 7.6 billion. Why does starvation nonetheless exist?

On the identical day because the Queen’s funeral, Amanda Gorman appeared on the UN Normal Meeting to recite her new poem, “An Ode we Owe”:

That is essentially the most urgent reality:

That our individuals have just one planet to name dwelling,

And our planet has just one individuals to name its personal.

We will both divide and be conquered by the few.

Or we will resolve to beat the long run.

And say that at this time is a brand new daybreak we wrote.

Everett Hobbs,

Conception Bay South

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