Friday, October 7, 2011

Fast Fact Fridays: Experiencing Hunger

Tonight marks the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. From sundown to sundown, we abstain from eating and drinking, devoting time to self-reflection. This one day during the year Jews around the world experience some form of hunger. Yet, on a daily basis nearly one billion people live in a chronic state of hunger.
  • 925 million people are undernourished, approximately one in every seven.
  • 2/3 are found in Asia and the Pacific, but Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of its population suffering from hunger.
  • 25% of children in developing countries are underweight.
Sign onto the One Billion Hungry campaign. It's a start.

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