Northwest NEWS

May 3, 1999

Editorial

In the time it takes to read this letter, 25 people have died of starvation

   Nearly every other second, somewhere in the world, a person dies of hunger, yet the tragedy of malnutrition and starvation remains an underexposed issue in our nation. Each year, 13-18 million people are killed from this preventable condition, but few people know the devastating statistics that accompany hunger.

   The media does a superb job of forgetting to inform the public about one of the most current problems for humanity today. Instead, readers hear about tourism, Kosovo, endangered species, and Bill Gates.

   Not often enough do you hear of the starving people in the United States, as well as in every other country. Granted that society has recognized that hunger is a problem, they have failed to reach a solution that has made a significant impact on the issue.

   The general public is not to blame, though, for they are being denied the actual facts and reality of the matter. If hunger does not receive the media attention it requires, humanity cannot help in the answer to this tragedy.

   In the time it takes to read this letter, 25 people have died of starvation, but hundreds more have become aware of the existing hunger beast.

Lisa Acomb, Woodinville