Hunger Is Not An Issue Of Charity

1625 Words May 19th, 2015 7 Pages
“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice” ("10 Ways to Stop World Hunger”). Every year, millions of people die all over the world due to disease, war, and old age, but hunger is commonly overlooked. Diseases like cancer are constantly being studied in order to find a cure, but for hunger, there is one cure: food. While charity is essential to fighting hunger in Africa, it only meets short-term needs. It feeds people, clothes them, and gives them shelter, but it does not solve the issue of hunger and the reasons hunger exists. Justice enables social change, strikes the core of the problem, resulting in long-lasting changes, and embraces fundamental human rights. Everyone should have the right to food, the right to not be plagued by the perpetual pursuit of filling that void in their life, the right to be free from longing, and the right to life. Although hunger in Africa continues to persist, there are three viable solutions that would help fight it, allowing hunger to be conquered.
Food is a commodity often taken for granted and over 1/9 of people in the world suffer from hunger, especially those in Africa. Hunger is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food, craving appetite; the want or scarcity of food in a country” ("2015 World Hunger and Poverty Facts”). This problem is often overlooked today as people are unaware of the actual occurrences and effects the lack of food causes and because…
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