Frightening Math

Posted on October 22, 2008 by ELCA World Hunger

I’ve heard the statistic several times before: about 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger related diseases. I knew that translated into about one death every 3.6 seconds, or about the time it takes an adult to take a deep breath (if you have not already, check out this multimedia presentation on the ELCA World Hunger website). That is a scary thought. Here’s another way to see it–this next year, nearly 9 million people will die of hunger or a hunger related disease. That’s one and a half times the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust. In one year. When faced with the horror of the Holocaust, the aptly named “Confessing Church” in Germany stood up against the powers and structures that allowed such an atrocity. Will the Church today follow their example?

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