Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hunger is NOT a Game

"To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope" 
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games

Hunger is a fact of life for Katniss Everdeen and many of the other residents of Panem.  Without access to adequate food sources, she and her fellow citizens are at the mercy of the Capitol.  If you are not able to provide for yourself, the penalty is death; not in the manner of a state sanctioned execution, but through the slow and painful process of starvation.  

Katniss and her family almost fall victim to this fate, but find refuge in two small loaves of bread provided to them by Peeta.  In that gesture of kindness, he not only replenishes their strength, but also their faith in humanity, and their hope that they can survive.

Unfortunately, like many of the social, political, and economic issues in Panem, hunger is not relegated to the realm of fiction. Starvation is very much a reality.

Hunger is NOT a game for 12 million men, women, and children in East Africa.

For the people of Somalia, and other areas of East Africa, famine and death dominate the daily landscape.  The worst drought in 60 years has dried water supplies and driven food prices out of the reach of the majority of the population.  For the people of Somalia, each day without aid means more lives lost.

But we can help.

We can, like Peeta, ensure that the people of East Africa have access to the most basic tenant for human life: food.  While we cannot send a loaf of bread, we can donate together.  As litter as $10.00 can greatly impact the lives of many people living in the famine ravaged areas of Somalia. 

I have created a donation page through the International Rescue Committee specifically for Hunger Games fans who wish to take action.  My goal is to raise $1000 by October, all of the money going toward the IRC's relief efforts in East Africa.  

You can access the donation page here or by clicking the image below:

Do you stand with Peeta Mellark, the boy with the bread, in the fight to end hunger?

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