Almost every year, Thar makes it to the headlines. Whenever metropolitans like Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad or Peshawar face some energy crisis, ministers begin using the idea of Thar coal reserves as a solution for the country’s never-ending energy issues. The government remembers Thar when it comes to coal reserves, but why does it conveniently turn a blind eye when the people of Thar die of hunger and famine?
According to the United Nation World Food Program (UNWFP), the mortality rate of infants in Thar is 87 per 1000 children as compared to the national average of 69 per 1000.
More than 22,000 children die every day all over the world.
The silent killers are poverty, hunger, and diseases that are easily preventable diseases, and other reasons relevant, although this disaster daily/ongoing in size, and they rarely managed to achieve, not to mention the continuation, in peak time, the title.
Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Pakistan:
1) Pakistan ranks 77th out of 109 on the Global Food Security Index.
2) Six out of 10 Pakistanis are food insecure.
3) Food insecurity persists although food production is sufficient to feed all Pakistanis.
4) Almost half of women and children under five years of age are malnourished.
5) In 2015, WFP assisted over 3.6 million people.
6) In 2015, WFP assisted nearly 420,000 moderately acute malnourished children and nearly 360,000 pregnant women and nursing mothers.
7) WFP provided nearly a quarter of a million students with on-site rations of high-energy biscuits and take-home rations of fortified vegetable oil in schools across six Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) agencies.
8) WFP has been a partner of the Pakistani government for almost half a century.
9) The Government of Pakistan is the second largest donor to WFP operations in the country, after the United States.
10) Agriculture is vital to Pakistan: it employs almost half the workforce and contributes over a fifth of GDP.
It is not only the story of Pakistan!
Even in the mainstream media and rarely any of the rich countries that are part of the problem. International politics and the current form of globalization, rich countries affect rarely show the effects of these processes.
In contrast, the commitment, the country’s wealthy and powerful, and corruption, the poor, who get rich on the good will naturally open, and headlines; a series of repeated promises to do additional unfair, low quality and quantity of aid and the conditions are not.