In Kenya, when school is out, children face starvation
July 29th, 2011
12:15 AM ET
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For young children in drought-stricken areas of Kenya, primary schools providing free lunchtime meals are operating as "life-saving centers" in communities where food is increasingly scarce.

But with schools due to close throughout August for the summer holidays, aid agencies warn this vital lifeline could be lost just when it is needed most.

"The situation is desperate," says Victor Koyi, National Director of the ChildFund aid agency in Kenya. "If schools close, children are put at ultimate risk, they are made vulnerable and the risk of death is, frankly, very real in those situations."

Read School food lifeline under threat in drought-hit Kenya

And it's happening on our own backyard as well. Read When school's out for summer, stomachs grumble and Hungry at the holidays

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Filed under: Food Politics • Human Rights • Hunger • School Lunch • Water

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  1. JellyBean

    We fought two useless wars and don't even have the resources to help these poor kids? Un-fuking-believable.

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  3. hotdogg1boy

    Has anyone thought about passing out condoms? These people don't need more mouths to feed! You feed the starving and then they grow up and have starving children. Where does it all end?

    July 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Garrett

      There is no shortage of food in the world, there is an overabundance of food in the industrialized countries.
      Tons and tons of food is thrown out everynight that can no longer be sold for at a profit.
      Corporations do not deliver food to people that cannot pay.
      Food is not free under our economic system of capitalism. On that note, condoms are not free either, who is going to pay for those?
      I do believe its immoral not to deliver free food to children that are starving to death, simply because they cannot pay.

      August 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  4. Edward

    Until it DIRECTLY impacts those that have the power to change things it will never happen.

    July 29, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  5. Stephanie Palmer

    We don't have to look to Kenya to see this. It's is prevalent here in the US. How does that make you feel as the congress refuses to accept increased taxes on the 2% of the population they represent. Any kids going hungry in this country makes this country a disgrace to humanity.

    July 29, 2011 at 7:40 am |
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