153 million hungry girls and boys


The latest UN report, through the World Food Program (WFP), warns that there are 353 million people facing acute hunger, with half of this figure being 153 million people under the age of 18, which is of considerable concern mainly in terms of of education, as it further worsens the conditions for education of children and adolescents.

It can be seen that one of the main reasons for this would revolve around the continuation and onset of various armed conflicts and the increase in the prices of food, fertilizers for growing them and fuel for transport.

Faced with this situation, the head of the UN WFP pointed out that: “What was a wave of hunger is now a tsunami”, assuring that the world is facing a food problem “of unprecedented scale” that would threaten the food security of millions of people around the world.

The impact of this for children and adolescents is expected to be seen mainly in the learning process, where quality food plays a major role, combined with the effect of the closure of schools, places that, in the absence of access to food, many times in homes are central places for food , based on this, seeks to strengthen school health and nutrition programs. At this level of alarm, it is necessary to ask: does the solution lie in better administration of the resources of government programs?

From 2016 to today, the wealth produced on the planet is concentrated in 1% of the population, while 978 million people in the world suffer from hunger. And this is precisely what the UN does not mention, because it implies a clash with this 1%, who are the big capitalists who rule the world by accumulating wealth through the exploitation of millions of workers and the devastation of nature.

It even makes one think that with all the food produced they could alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition experienced by millions of people, but the main conflict is that in capitalism the priority of production is not to feed the population, but rather to supporting business profit.

The countries with the highest rates of hunger in the world are a reflection of this, such as Yemen, South Sudan, Burundi and the Lake Chad basin, which are in armed conflicts and this is poorly cited in the reports made by the UN, because if wars were not responsible and not part of a business to extend the domain.

This considering that they are countries with reserves of natural resources such as oil, gas, uranium, lithium and gold among others that are deeply poor. In this, the main culprits are the alliances of the regional elites of the first world imperialism, which help with slavery, hunger and misery.

It is important not to forget how in the 19th century France, Belgium and the Netherlands colonized Africa and the Middle East, where later this colonization was quickly replaced by imperialism, further plunging African and Middle Eastern countries into plunder, poverty and misery.

At the same time, the international crisis that has been unfolding since 2008, which during and after the pandemic also succeeded in further deepening the conditions of the working class, pushing them towards precarious jobs, unemployment and, therefore, often hunger. and where governments have moved mainly to the right, with chauvinistic and anti-immigrant rhetoric, to impose an idea of ​​an enemy within, deflecting the responsibility they bear in the situation.

Thus, while the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the WFP mainly blame ongoing armed conflicts as the main cause of hunger, for the destruction of crops, livestock and agricultural infrastructure, blocking markets and forcing displacement. They do not point to the gross profits made by the corrupt governments of capitalist countries, where not only in the wars themselves, but in all the business that is generated around them, such as human trafficking for the sexual exploitation of millions of girls, children and adolescents.

Faced with this, it is important to be able to think about the possibility of overcoming the conditions to which the capitalist production system puts us, suggesting the need to advance towards economic planning to ensure the nutrition of the population as a whole, putting the need for food first , of the quality of the working class, the popular sectors and mainly of girls, boys and adolescents, in the face of corporate accumulation.

It is capitalism that throws us into a constant irrational waste of resources, because with all the technological and scientific advances that humanity has made, we should have been able to fight hunger, ending this mode of production, moving towards one , in which they can be used as resources to meet social demands in harmony with nature.

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