Starvation is Genocide: 24,000 Children Died of hunger Today
Why is it necessary to struggle against Imperialism, by both the people of the Third-World and of the First-World? What are the necessary prerequisites of resistance? What justifies struggle? Capitalism’s inability to meet the needs of the world’s poor is more than a catchy political slogan; it is a reality faced by Third-World people each and every day.
Here are some facts on poverty in the Third-World, and it’s connection to prosperity in the First:
1. 24,000 children die of hunger every day.
2. 6 million children die of hunger every year.
3. Undernourishment contributes 53% to 9.7 million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
4. Wealth in the First-world is due to poverty in the Third-World. For example, Great Britain purposely underdeveloped India back in the 18th Century by sabotaging their textile industry so India would be forced to import from the similarly developing British textile industry. The British also destroyed Indian crops, which caused a horrible famine near the end of the 18th Century, so they could create cash-crops for their own benefit.
5. In the words of Salvador Allende, who was murdered by the CIA in a US backed coup that brought a Fascist and mass-murderer into power in Chile: “.. there are 600,000 children who can never enjoy life in normally human terms, because in the first eight months of their existence they did not receive the elementary amount of proteins. My country, Chile, would have been totally transformed by these US$ 4,000 million (which is the amount of money expropriated by American industry in US corporations in Chile). Only a small part of this amount would assure proteins for all the children in my country once and for all.”
6. The world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories per person per day, yet 925 million people are without food, 99% of which reside in the Third-World.
What can this be attributed to? Certainly, we can’t simply blame the stars.
Perhaps an investigation is due. What – or rather, whom, is to blame? A number of possible contenders come to mind. Each of these factors must be investigated in regards to the environments around them, which we will cover and discuss here in full:
I. Land Fertility and Territorial position
A claim often made by the individual members of the bourgeoisie (and their liberal detractors) is that:
“(I) wasn’t born in (insert Third-World country)”
The aim of such a statement is to, of course, misdirect any responsibility these class parasites might have in regards to the toil experienced by the working and dependent peoples of the earth; our common home.
This detractive statement must, too, find itself subject to unforgiving scrutiny.
The Third-World constitutes territory rich in abundance, contrary to popular fallacy. If we were to categorize the wealth of nations by the standard of abundance they experience in the amount of natural resources, our viewpoint of the world would be altered quite radically. Take Japan for example. For quite some time, Japan has been considered to be one of the richest countries in all of Asia – despite its extremely limited array of natural resources. Not coincidentally, Japan is formerly an empire, bringing to it’s submission all territories surrounding it – including their abundances of formerly untapped resource reserves.