____/ thad05 on Thursday 29 November 2007 18:35 : \____
> Kier <vallon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Go look at the BBC news website and get the *real* story on the OLPC and
>> Nigerian school children. (Hint: even in Nigeria, not all people are
> I have a couple of dear friends from Ethiopia. They are repeatedly
> amazed by the number of Americans who think of Ethiopia only in terms
> of the starving people they see on TV.
> The truth is, most Ethiopians are not starving and never were. The
> problems of hunger in that country are more often logistical than
> resource based, and improving the education and thus the wealth of
> that nation can only help the situation in the long term. The
> same is true in Nigeria.
> Or do the critics of non-food based aid mean to suggest that
> absolutely no infrastructure improvements should take place as long
> as anyone is going hungry. Should we implement a communist style
> central authority to make sure everyone has an equal slice of the
> You have to treat the root causes of poverty and hunger, not just
> the symptom.
Exactly. The main barrier is some people's reluctance to share. Large
companies, for example, are simply unwilling to share the wealth, not just
with those 'at the bottom', but also with foreign countries. As I've stated
before, that's among the reasons for terrorism.
~~ Best of wishes
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