Friday, April 28, 2006

Has The Whole World Gone Mad?

Billions spent war:

The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has soared and may now reach $811bn (£445bn), says a report by the Congressional Research Service.

It estimates that Congress has appropriated $368bn for the global war on terror, including both conflicts.

It says that if the current spending bill is approved, US war costs will reach $439bn, and it estimates that an extra $371bn may be needed by 2016.


Darfur food rations get cut:

The cut comes as the UN said Darfur's malnutrition rates are rising again. [...]

"Haven't the people of Darfur suffered enough? We are adding insult to injury," Mr Morris said as he explained that despite appeals to donors, the WFP has received only a third of the money it needs.


Minimum requirement: 2,100 kilocalories per person
New amount: 1,050 kilocalories per person


Innocents continue to suffer:

In the makeshift hospital [...] children lie wasted, staring into space. Tiny human beings, who were born into the madness of man's inhumanity to man, into the madness of a spate of killing [...]

And now, they face starvation which is cruel and slow. Most of the children are too far gone to eat. Some have the peeling skin and lesions that come with advanced starvation - their skin is wrinkled, loose around their bones. The mothers sit by powerless. [...]

The world we have created for ourselves.

“...the madness of man's inhumanity to man...”

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