I read today the news item Mass starvation warned in West Africa and was struck by the tragedy of it all.
Can we even begin to comprehend what it means for the women in Chad and Niger, who sift through gravel at the side of the road, trying to find some grains that may have been blown from aid trucks or trying to capture the tiny amount of grain lying in the ant hills? The tragedy is compounded when we learn that there is food in the market but the ability to buy it has disappeared. Livestock are dying as villagers use animal fodder to feed themselves. Soon we will see images of malnourished babies published in the media which will haunt us. Oxfam has launched emergency measures to avert a humanitarian catastrophe but will the world respond adequately?
The problems of the developed countries are entirely different from that of the poor countries. A country can be classified as a developed or an underdeveloped country based on the issues it has to grapple with. When food continues to be the chief of worries for the entire population of a country, what kind of development could ever be possible? The present crisis brings back memories of the Ethiopia famine of 1984 in which nearly 1 million people died.
And I wonder how could these people in West Africa reconcile their pathetic conditions with a merciful, benevolent, omnipotent god? Oh probably they blame themselves and their actions that made their god abandon them ..... Or for not praying enough .......Maybe soon there will be some Pat Robertson talking of god's wrath. What the hell .........