Celebrity lives is big news but celebrity death is even bigger news, that’s why when certain A list celebrities die the media will run stories around the death for months and months following, the media show us pictures of emotional families that most the time probably want to be left alone, they present the death of some celebrities as sad emotional stories and for the friends and families of these people it no doubt is, I understand their grief and I sympathize with these people, I even understand the grief of the reader as reading about people that have families getting killed and leaving a gap is always sad. The media however is most of the time just after a story to shift a few copies and take a bit of space!
Our media should spend less time reporting celebrity deaths and less time showing us the grieving families and focus their attention on the premature deaths of African children, our mainstream media seem keen to avoid this subject, they obviously believe that the deaths of millionaire celebrities is much more tragic and upsetting than the deaths of African people.
The worst thing is people in Britain seem to fall for it, to the average Brit the death of a millionaire celebrity is much more of a tragedy than the death of a million African people.
THE FACTS BELOW FROM THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME SHOULD PUT CELEBRITY DEATH IN TO CONTEXT FOR US.
Some 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.
The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is undernourished.
Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.
One in four of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.