Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Behind the Statistics

Various charities use different statistics about malnourished children's deaths. Some claim a child dies every 15 seconds from hunger while others that a more accurate figure is every 10 seconds. 'This latest, the 10 seconds one, is based on a figure from a very reputable source - The Lancet, an internationally renowned journal which recently published a paper saying that more than 3 million children died of under nutrition in 2011.' (BBC News, 18 June) Ten seconds or fifteen seconds - who cares? We live in a world that is capable of feeding, clothing and  housing the whole population. It is only capitalism that condemns millions to an early grave. RD

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