270 Million Threatened By Starvation: United States, Russia and China Must Meet to Develop Peace and Reconstruction Plan for War Torn Regions
(March 11, 2021)—Just hours ago, David Beasely, Executive Director of the World Food Program, delivered remarks to the UN Security Council concerning the grave hunger crisis threatening 270 million people worldwide. He stressed that millions of people are suffering under a triple crisis—poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic, and armed conflict.
In Nigeria, the number of people facing starvation has risen year on year from 5 million to 13 million, in Afghanistan from 13.9 million to 17 million, in Syria from 9.3 million to a record 12 million, and in Yemen, thanks to the Saudi bombing campaign and blockade, 16 million people are facing hunger, and on the current trajectory 400,000 children will die in Yemen this year.
Beasley, who just returned from Yemen, described hospitals with no electricity, turning emaciated children away for lack of beds, only to send them home to die. One mother had sold her last container of heating oil to pay for the day-long trip to carry her five month old baby to the hospital, where the infant died only hours after arriving.
It is not acceptable that the world stands by and allows millions to perish before our eyes. Action must be taken immediately, not only to provide food to those who need it so desperately, but to put an end to the wars that have exacerbated the suffering of millions of innocent people.
As the late economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche proposed two decades ago, the great powers, namely the United States, Russia, and China must come together to address the crisis. In the immediate term, this would entail coordinating food and medical supply and delivery, but that is only the first step. What is urgently needed is a reconstruction plan for war torn regions, like Southwest Asia, the Lake Chad region in Africa, and other areas. These powerful nations acting in concert will be able to bring an end to most conflicts on the planet.
There is great opposition to this action from the City of London, Wall Street and Senator Chuck Schumer, who never met an anti-Russian or anti-Chinese sanction he didn’t support. As always, it’s the British Empire that’s to blame, and it’s time we finally broke out of the grip of their colonial foreign policy. 270 million people cannot be allowed to pay the ultimate price for our inaction.
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