EWH 2
28 Jun
  • By Sammy

The fight goes on to end Famine

 

“It’s really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you’re going to get it to these people”- Bob Geldof

Not a new quote from Sir Bob but one still relevant today with so many people still slowly starving to death because they have no food to eat. In 2016 it is really very sad that Mothers have to watch their babies die because the world is still not doing enough.

The Boomtown Rats rock star has raised hundreds of millions for famine relief in Africa much of it from the 1985 Live Aid concert which was a huge boost to raising awareness of the famine epidemic. To this day famine fundraising is more important than ever with over

750 million people not having enough food to lead an active life and 21,000 people dying every day because of hunger or a related illness. They are pretty frightening statistics when you see so much food wastage in the developed world.

Despite his many spectacular achievements Geldof has often been criticized for his work. Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher became one of the more vocal skeptics about the impact of Live 8, (2005) citing his belief that rock stars have less influence over world leaders than popular culture may believe.

His explanation was;

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15-minute break at Gleneagles and sees Annie Lennox sing “Sweet Dreams” and thinks, ‘F**k me, she might have a point there, you know?’

And that what happens when you put your head above the parapet in life. Out of the woodwork come the knockers.

We say keep going Bob and don’t stop talking. Help all to think about the big global issues and f**k the begrudgers.