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Thousands of mosquito nets emblazoned with the Union Jack left over from last year’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations will now be helping to save lives in Africa after they were donated through a humanitarian match-making website.
“We knew the rebels’ message was serious: If your teacher comes to school, tell him to bring a saucepan and the students to bring corn flour.” As a former child soldier told us this story, we listened, bewildered. Why was that message ‘serious’. What did the saucepan and corn flour mean?
They call it the silent killer. Hunger is responsible for more deaths per hour, per day, than any other force on the planet, war, HIV, climate change included.
When the wounding is done, and you are left alone and bleeding, where can you turn in a war torn environment?
An attempted coup was not on the plan when UK aid workers drove their humanitarian cargo half way around the world to help one of the planet’s poorest nations.
For twenty years the world stood by with little interest as civil war wrought wanton destruction on Uganda. Why, then, would anyone care now that peace has finally been negotiated?