Ending the obscenity of hunger
October 16th, 2012
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Editor's note: Actress Mia Farrow has traveled extensively as an ambassador for UNICEF, including trips to Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, South Sudan and Uganda, and has been active in the organization for more than 12 years. Farrow starred in the film "Rosemary's Baby" and has appeared in many other films, including "The Great Gatsby," "Death on the Nile" and "Hannah and Her Sisters."

Throughout my travels with UNICEF - from Angola, to Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Sudan and Uganda - I have met countless young girls and boys whose bodies and minds have been permanently damaged because they were malnourished during the first 1,000 days of their lives.

Around 170 million children under the age of five are stunted - their bodies and brains cannot develop to full capacity.

A stunted child has difficulty in learning and in surviving. Such children are up to four times more likely to die from all causes - including easily preventable diseases.

Read – Farrow: We must end the obscenity of hunger

On World Food Day, people are coming together from all over the globe to end hunger. Take action in your community and around the world. by visiting WorldFoodDayUSA.org and Facebook to see what's happening near you.

Previously:

World Food Day

Crisis in Mali

- Living on food stamps and charitable assistance

The food stamp challenge results: eating on $30 a week

Could you live on $30 a week?

5 Shocking statistics about hunger

Witnesses to Hunger: A portrait of food insecurity in America

Childhood malnutrition has long lasting effects

Criticism aside, food stamp program is "an essential lifeline" for 46 million people

"A time of record need" for food insecure

Lawmakers eat on a food stamp budget

- School lunch as a lifeline

When school's out for summer, stomachs grumble

In Kenya, when school is out, children face starvation

Hungry at the holidays

Feeding "motel kids"

- Celebrity chefs pitching in

Tom Colicchio talks childhood hunger

Eric Ripert - Feeding the needy with fancy fish

Michel Nischan talks fixing a broken food system and helping out fishing families in the Gulf

- Starvation in Somalia

What starvation feels like

The funny sounding nut paste that's saving children's lives in Somalia

"Feed the world's children. This, we should be able to do."

Catch up on all Eatocracy coverage of hunger and food deserts

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  1. Johanna Sanchez-Tebong

    We are trying to raise $500 by December 1st, 2012 for 40 orphans in Batibo, Cameroon. Sister Mary Ruth is the only one who cares for them and she, alone, cannot afford the basic needs for the children. My goal is to be able to feed, clothe and provide the basic medical/educational needs for these kids.
    Would you be willing to contribute funds to help us reach that goal?
    Your money will go on simple everyday things like water, rice, beans, soap, electricity, etc
    https://www.wepay.com/donations/1507646873 Your donation is greatly appreciated! Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!

    *Johanna Sanchez-Tebong

    November 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
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