Dr John Smith

Think of the human cost of hunger, war and disease, says Dr John Smith
Think of the human cost of hunger, war and disease, says Dr John Smith
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I have never been homeless, never slept in the street, never not had enough to eat, never been penniless, never been or felt totally alone.

Some of you – I hope, not too many of you – will have experienced one or some of these and I am sorry for that.

Most of us are fortunate and we are because we live in the UK.

There may be many things that we do not like in our country but we do not know the other half. So let’s look at it.

At the end of 2011 about 42.5 million people had been forcibly displaced due to war or conflict.

Thirty-seven per cent of the world’s population lives under authoritarian regimes.

More people die of hunger in the world than Aids, malaria and TB combined.

About one billion people go to bed hungry every night despite the world producing enough food for everyone.

Food price rises hit the poorest people the hardest – maize prices rose by 174 per cent in Malawi last year.

Every day 800 women die from preventable causes while pregnant.

I could go on. We are so fortunate; some people call our good fortune a blessing. I do not.

Blessings come from God and God does not discriminate and favour the few.

But it will become a blessing if we do something, if we make a difference, if our good is not good enough until we share it.

I am grateful to Christian Aid who provided much of this data.