Hunger in the News: Venezuela, mass incarceration, and drought

Hunger in the News

Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation,” by Nicholas Casey, The New York Times. “With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.”

Feed people, not wars,’ pope says in address to U.N. food agency,” by Philip Pullella, Reuters. “Pope Francis on Monday condemned the use of hunger as a “weapon of war” and lamented the fact that it was easier to move weapons across borders than the aid needed to keep civilians alive.”

#LoveLetters on Father’s Day: Children send videos to dads in prison,” by Jason Thomson, Christian Science Monitor. “Mass incarceration in the United States has many critics, not least are the 2.7 million children who currently have at least one parent behind bars. In this “land of the free,” which boasts only five percent of the world’s population, fully 25 percent of the world’s prison population languishes.”

Poor nutrition now affects a third of the human race, says report,” by Sam Jones, The Guardian. “Malnutrition has become “the new normal” and now affects a third of humanity, according to a study that warns of the devastating human and economic toll of undernutrition and obesity.”

Drought Heightens Seasonal Food Scarcity in Guatemala,” by Moises Castillo, Associated Press. “A prolonged drought has worsened the hunger problem among Guatemala’s heavily indigenous population.”

Direct ministry, legislatures best tools in anti-hunger fight, advocates say,” by Brian Kaylor, Baptist News Global. “Combating hunger in the United States is a big job — but Christian leaders have identified two main strategies for that fight. And they know that when the victims of hunger involve young people, the motivation and creativity brought to bear can be powerful.”




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