SXETXF5BSDC7 Description: “So far, there is enough food for everyone in the world. Food production is not the main problem. War and natural disasters can disrupt food supplies but are not the main problems either. The problem is that millions of people are poor and can’t get their hands on enough good, nutritious food every day.
What can be done?
The fact is we already know what works against hunger but most countries have never made it a priority.
Hunger. Now you know.”
Description: “Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.”
Many Somali refugees will be observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It’s a time when, among other things, people fast during the daylight hours, though they are already “fasting” due to starvation. Many Somalis are caught in the midst of what the United Nations describes the Somali drought as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world and what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a “catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices (as we saw in Egypt during the Arab Spring) and drought“.
Famine was officially declared in 2 regions of Somalia in late July while another 8 million in neighboring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia need food assistance.
Ramadan is also a time of for generosity and compassion. In the video people in Nairobi observing the holy month donate food to starving Somalis to deliver aid that also hasn’t come from other sources.
I told my wife on the phone, “Tell my kids, if I pass away here, tell my kids, ‘Your father was a man, was a man of his word. He stood up for his rights, for your rights, and he went away for you. So, don’t lose this.’” And I was sure this may happen…I am ready to it. I am trying to be ready to it. I’m trying real hard to be ready, to be ready for bullets, for fire, for the last fight. I’m ready. I’m trying, trying to be ready.” -Dr. Ali El Mashad, Egyptian physician, protester
On January 25th, 2011 “The Day of Anger” a string of protests took place across Egypt and the uprising has dominated the news and social media ever since. In Tahrir Square Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous spoke to Egyptian physician and protester Dr. Ali El Mashad about the unrest in Egypt. I’ve never heard anyone speak quite like that before. I had to share this with you. Watch the interview below. Continue reading →