When you hear the statistics that 13 million people are affected by the drought in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia and the UN proclaiming that around 750,000 people could die in the next 3 months in Somalia if aid isn’t massively increased what do you think?
As Valerie Amos the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said at the launch of the Charter to End Extreme Hunger in New Yorkon 24 September 2011 “behind every statistic is a human face it’s a child, it’s a woman, it’s a man”. This was at the launch of A Charter to End Extreme Hunger, a new initiative by humanitarian NGOs and civil society to ask governments to make sure that famine does not happen again.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga became the first world leader to endorse and sign the Charter, he said: “We should never allow people to starve, sometimes to death, because of famine which is preventable.”
Watch the launch in full