19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. 21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. Deuteronomy 24:19-21
This, James the Just says, is religion that God accepts as pure and faultless.
Yet, why do I get a Tweet today from BBC that looks like this:
Dying of starvation.
Basically, 400,000 children dying of something preventable.
The BBC has a great 2-minute video worth watching that brings awareness to those dying to escape starvation. But the line in there that resonates so deeply within me says, “Priority number one is to save lives.”
Mogadishu will make you cry.
People are dying of something preventable.
But this isn’t new news, is it? Although this is the first time this news story has crossed my radar, it’s been going on for months and months. The Huffington Post has a few articles on it, one dating back to July 10th, with a very heart-wrenching story of how a woman watched three of her children die while making the trek to a refugee camp. Three.
An article from the Guardian UK from just a few days ago says, “Parents [do] not know what to do with their malnourished children.”
Alex Perry, a TIME correspondent, writes, “The difference between a drought and a famine is down to man.” Essentially, this is a very man-made disaster.
So, what can we do? What will you do?
UPDATE: The ONE campaign is asking for your help. They aren’t asking for your money; they’re asking for your voice. Let’s help meet the needs of the poor and needy.