More and more people are now focusing on the poor.
A breath of fresh air is blowing on the surface of the earth. More and more people are now focusing on the poor.
Man can choose between darkness and light. On the part of the people there are times of both light and darkness, fidelity and infidelity, obedience, and rebellion; times of being a pilgrim people and times of being a people adrift. In our personal history too, there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows. If we love our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light; but if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us.
For the coming year and the years to come, may the people of the world shun pride and selfishness and open up their hearts to their fellow man.
“Do you have any work, I haven’t eaten yet today?” They ask, their bellies ache from hunger. “Do you have any food, I haven’t eaten in three days now?” Eventually they don’t ask for anything anymore, they just look up at you, hoping. They just wait to silently die, looking at you hoping and you looking away.
THE WORLD — This knock on our door is a sign of bad things to come.
Nearly half of Niger does not have enough to eat. The 5.4 million people struggling to stay alive are part of a wider crisis affecting at least 10 million people across the swath across Africa and millions of others across the world.
This is the third time in the last decade the people of the Sahel have faced severe food shortages. The problem, caused by drought and high food prices, is exacerbated by an ongoing conflict in Mali between the military and Tuareg rebels that has forced people to flee into neighboring nations. In Niger, people depend on crops and livestock for survival. They are used to living life on the edge.
For millions over the world, every day, life is a gamble.
We know what is coming, and we know what to do to save lives and yet, we are still doing nothing. What we are seeing in Niger today is only the tip of an iceberg.