Essay Famine Relief

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In response to the recent failure of the international community to prevent the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa since July 2011, Suzanne Dvorak the chief executive of Save the Children wrote that, “We need to provide help now. But we cannot forget that these children are wasting away in a disaster that we could - and should - have prevented” she added, “The UN estimates that every $1 spent in prevention saves $7 in emergency spending.” (Dvorak, 2011). Many people who read such statement wonder about our obligation towards famine relief, and ask, whether we are morally obliged to spend one dollar in order to prevent such a crisis or not. Forty years ago, Peter Singer answered this question in his article Famine,…show more content…
John Arthur presented a moderate view, more in line with our current behavior, that recognizes an individual’s entitlement to resources as an excuse against any moral requirement to give them away. I will briefly present these entitlements, and explain why they can’t justify our refusal to help and aid in famine relief. Entitlements of Rights: We are not obligated to give away our body parts in order to save others, this is heroism and we are obliged to it .Our rights to our bodies’ weight against whatever duty to help. Accordingly, strangers have only negative rights which are rights against our interference and they don’t have the rights” to receive some benefits.”(831) I am sure, most of the people, including me , agree that the first part of his argument is plausible since it’s difficult to decide to give one’s kidney even to our loved ones, mind you a stranger. However, this is not the case with famine relief or helping the poor people since nobody is required to take such an action. The things we have to sacrifice in order to prevent starvation and to help the poor do not jeopardize our health or our well- being like donating a kidney. I don’t think that anybody can argue that giving 10, 20, or even 1000 dollars a month put us in any kind of risk or can be morally significant if compared to giving away our kidney! Arthur didn’t give this comparison any importance since he wanted only to prove our rights to our possessions; and he
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