These Shocking Statistics Prove That We are Living in ‘The Hunger Games’

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The other night I was lying in bed. I couldn’t fall asleep because I was so hungry. I was tired. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I tried to just ignore the hunger for a while, but eventually I just gave up. My stomach was burning and turning like an old dryer. Food is all I could think about.

I quietly snuck out of bed, and shuffled across the laminate floor of my kitchen. My pilgrimage to the refrigerator door was almost complete. I went to grab an orange and a yogurt to snack on, but somewhere in the process I noticed something on top of the refrigerator.

It was a picture of a young boy from Ethiopia. A few days earlier I was at a Skillet concert where I had received a paper from Food for the Hungry, one of many organizations working to stop starvation. Suddenly my own hunger became less important.

For that Ethiopian child, getting out of bed and walking over to the fridge wasn’t an option. For that Ethiopian child, there was no easy solution for a maddening hunger and a hollow stomach. That Ethiopian child isn’t alone.

Nearly 870 million people in the world were undernourished in 2010-2012. (State of Food Insecurity in the World)

Nearly half the deaths of children under the age of 5 (3.1 million children a year) are in some way an effect of poor nutrition. (Maternal and Child Nutrition, 4)

According to a 2010 study, if the world consisted of only 100 people, 20 of those people would own 75% of the world’s income; meanwhile, 21 of those people would live on one dollar and twenty-five cents, or less, a day. 18 people would live without an improved water source (Lucca).

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a Christian.

According to a CNN article in 2011, 2.2 billion other people also said that they were Christians. That was somewhere around one-third of the worlds population at that time (Greene).

Being a Christian means following Christ, right?

Matthew 19:16-26 (ESV)

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

You Can Significantly Help Starving Children

If you are surfing the internet on a computer right now, chances are pretty high that you are among the richest people on the planet. You may not feel like it, but by comparison, you probably are.

If you have:

  • A Cell Phone
  • TV
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Roof
  • Vehicle

Chances are high that you are doing way better than most people.

If you make $7.49 an hour and only work twenty hours a week, you earn somewhere close to $600 a month. For $35 a month you can sponsor a child and help to bring basic needs into his or her life. That is only about 6% of a $600 a month income.

Feed My Starving Children is one example, out of many, of an organization that is working to help starving children. A single meal from Feed My Starving Children only costs 22 cents to produce. Ninety-two percent of donations go directly towards the food program. That means that a donation of only 22 dollars would produce close to 100 meals for children in need!

If 1.9 billion people (which is less views than Gangnam Style has) read this and gave $1 a week, around 8,600,000,000 meals (a week) could be prepared at 22 cents per meal. That’s about 9.9 meals a week (per person) for 870 million starving individuals, which is great, but it could be even better…

If 2.2 Billion Christians donated $2 a week (less than many Frappuccino’s cost) towards meals that only took 22 cents to prepare, it could produce roughly 20,000,000,000 meals a WEEK for children in need. 20 billion is a big number, considering the fact that there are only around 7 billion people on the planet.

Unfortunately, it is unreasonable to think that everyone that CAN give, will give, so those who do choose to give, should likely give more than $2 a week. Even so, giving to these people in need isn’t unreasonable at all.

You may think that my comparison to The Hunger Games seems unreasonable. After all, we don’t send the unwealthy children of our planet into deadly arena fights.

You have me there, but consider this:

  • Somewhere around 75% of the planets wealth is held by only 20% of its inhabitants. Chances are, if you’re reading this and have a roof over your head, you’re probably towards the top of that list (Lucca). If that isn’t “The Capitol” then I don’t know what is.
  • Thousands of kids die everyday from hunger. Thousands.
  • Around 1.2 Million babies die every year because of abortions (Enriquez). This is a totally different topic, but its worth mentioning. Abortion is another sad injustice that causes children to die.

So no, I absolutely don’t think that it is unreasonable to say that we are living in The Hunger Games. The reason that most of us don’t notice it, is because we are the ones in The Capitol.

What IS unreasonable, however, is the fact that some people are starving to death, while other people (who have the ability and resources to help) choose to ignore them.

What IS unreasonable, is the fact that kids are dying, when there is something that can be done about it.

What IS unreasonable, is the fact that some people claim to follow Christ’s example, but never pay attention to people in need.

So I’m begging you…

  • Start giving a little, and help starving children.
  • Share this information with more people so that they can help starving children, too.
  • Pray for these suffering people.
  • Most of all – love God and love others. (Check out Matthew chapter 22)

I’m not asking you to give to any certain organization. I’m not affiliated with any particular program. I’m not trying to sucker you into anything. You have plenty of options. If you don’t trust a certain organization, find one that you do trust. Here are a few places that I like. All of these places help starving children in some way, shape, or form:

Once again, I’m not trying to promote any certain non-profit organization. I’m just trying to encourage you to help others in the way that I believe Jesus wants us to.

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FMSC is one of many organizations that works diligently to help starving children.

Will you help starving children? Will you help the poor and needy? Will you show God’s love to those in need? Please. Make a habit of giving.

If you want to help spread this message, share this article. Thank you!

Love you guys! Praying for you!

-Caleb

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Information Sources:

State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2012

 

Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, The Lancet, 2013

 

Lucca, Alysson. The Miniature Earth. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014  <http://www.miniature-earth.com/>.

 

Greene, Richard A. “Christianity goes global as world’s largest religion.” CNN. CNN, 19 Dec. 2011. Web. 12 Mar. 2014  <http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/19/christianity-goes-global-as-worlds-largest-religion/>.

 

Enriquez, Lauren. “Abortion Statistics: 1.2 Million Babies Die Every Year From Abortions.” LifeNews.com. N.p., 13 July 2013. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. <http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/01/abortion-statistics-1-2-million-babies-die-every-year-from-abortions/>.

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Below is the Photo Source for this article about how to help starving children. These artist(s) do not necessarily share my viewpoints, but have kindly released their work under a creative commons licence. Follow the links below to find the original artists and copyright license:

FMSC – FMSC Distributor Philippines, FMSC – GirlFMSC – FMSC Distribution Partner – Liberia

4 Comments

  • Titi says:

    Wow… I guess in a way that’s true. I read on the Google blog thing yesterday that only 40% of the world population is connected to the internet.
    Hunger Games is really horrible, and its a portrayal in the real world of how the rich countries are so different in terms of wealth. I guess tributes can come out of black people when white people took them out of their homeland to be slaves in America.

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      Hey! Thanks for reading the post 🙂 I believe it is really important for people to think about this stuff. I became a big fan of The Hunger Games books way back before the first movie came out. The reason I liked it so much, is because I felt that it said something about the world we currently live in. In The Hunger Games, the Capitol is naive about the suffering that the districts go through. They are so concerned with wearing expensive close, watching gossip and entertainment, and eating so much that they have a drink that makes them puke (so that they can eat more). It isn’t fair at all. Sometimes I think that people that come from wealthy cultures in real life can fall into this trap. Too often do we become concerned with what doesn’t matter, and forget all about the people who are dying elsewhere in the world. To me, this seems wrong. Thanks again for reading! Have a great day!

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