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Face of Starvation
by Chanti Niven

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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How can anyone look at such hearbreaking images of starving children and be unmoved?

We watched images
of starving children
in Northern Africa
With contempt you said,
"Why don't they stop breeding?"
In mute shock
I swallowed back my tears
as we watched
a desperate mother
place a dry breast
into her infant's mouth.

©Chanti 2005


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Reviewed by M. B. 7/9/2005
Oh, this blows me away. The imagery is powerful, the writing is stunning. This should be published so the world can see it the way you do. The way it is.

Excellent writing!
~ Mari
Reviewed by Walter Jones 7/2/2005
Voice reporter still stands as what we see, eyes are cold and hard, life is touch of place. Cold face, colder heart, as the days escape to night where is man, where has he come from, when does it end, when does it began, pristine answer I am already on my way to save... first my home, then my neighbors... Touched my heart, excellent write.. Walt
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 6/27/2005
How thankful we all should be, that we're not plagued by starvation,The most ironic,the most preventable of all afflictions,yet the most horrible.
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 6/23/2005
Evocative stuff Chanti, I wish I had an answer to the problem. Stop breeding certainly isn't an answer, when we think of Africas land mass, its fertility and how sparsely populated it is we cannot fail to understand the problems are of politics not population.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/23/2005
It breaks my heart to watch that. I've often thought it was child abuse in the worse form to knowing what the outcome is and yet bring them into the world. Yes, they do need birth control.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o(
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 5/24/2005
Chanti, I live in Africa and believe me starvation is there - and everywhere. I am reading your comments and review - I wish you know how exploited the third world is.

Thsnk you for reminding us, Chanti. Powerful writing!

God bless,

Reviewed by D May (Reader) 5/23/2005
Chanti--heart stopping realization here.
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 5/22/2005
Chanti, far too often, it is the children of the world who suffer and then are exploited at the expense of the greedy and corrupt nations that continue to allow this terrible tragedy to continue unabated on a daily basis across this spinning planet! I do agree with many of the other Authors here at the den, an extremely powerful write with so few words! Take good care and be well, my gifted friend.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 5/21/2005
It breaks my heart to know, that with all of the technology in the world, that children are dying everyday because they no food. I think these so called "advanced" nations, should band together, and wipe out the starvation of the world, the sickneeses, the untreated sewage in the streets of some of these villages, with food, medication, and sewage treatment plants, and then train the local people how to operate those plants. I am so heart broken that the President of the United States, is more concerned with making another buck from a barrel of crude oil, than he is in helpiong those third world countries, come into the 21st century. I am on a fixed income right now, because my doctor won't let me go back to work just yet...but if I had the money, I would definitely help those who are unable or cannot help themselves. Thnx for sharing. May the Lord Jesus bless you and yours, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, stubborn to a fault, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your very terrified little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 5/21/2005
So few powerful an impact!
Reviewed by Sassy Cat (Reader) 5/20/2005
Painful, powerful, impactful message that lays it on the line and shows what is important and I can only hope things are done to rectify hunger and strife, not only in Africa, but worldwide.
Sassy *S*
Reviewed by Cathrine Hottran 5/19/2005
so sad!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/19/2005
Dear Chanti. This poignant and soul-reaching portrait that you paint adds to my feelings of revulsion with regard to the "systems" in this world of which, most unfortunately, I am part. This is one more lump of coal to fuel the fire of my sadness. Thank you for the timely and à propos message. Love to you.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/19/2005
How can anyone look at such hearbreaking images of starving children and be unmoved?

Quite sadly, a question that boggles the mind - yet it happens every day - in a world of plenty for some, and absolutely nothing at all for others.
Reviewed by Alexandre Arnau 5/18/2005
funny how we wage war and take lives based on lies to ensure our own economy, but when we are needed to save lives, fight hunger, and stop genocide, we turn our backs. i still wonder why sudan is allowed to sit in the u.n. i hope more people read this, and understand.

respects, -A.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/18/2005
I think Paul said it well!!

Thanks for sharing!!

,ove Tinka
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 5/18/2005
I was that infant! I was malnourished - saved by a wonderful foster family - one more week, and I would have been dead. Thank you for sharing your thoughts of compassion.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 5/18/2005
Chanti...this brief but powerful message is sure of a caring heart, for it is such a tragedy to see but one child suffer.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/18/2005
moving read
Reviewed by jude forese 5/18/2005
powerful message, Chanti ...
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 5/18/2005
Reminds me of the hypocrisy of materialism.
Thanks for this,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/18/2005
This is so painful Chanti I cannot begin to imagine how bad it must be.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 5/18/2005
Thank you, Chanti. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/18/2005
It is always painful to view such poverty, in a world of wealth.
Like Paul says ,I wonder if all of the donations I've made over 30 years have made a difference. I can only hope and pray so! Compassionate work Chanti, well done!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/18/2005
>tears <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/18/2005

How dare we condemn those mothers for birthing children, only to see them die of starvation--we, the richest nation in the world should be doing something instead of invading countries on false information. Powerful, shattering write--thank you for speaking up for the defenseless.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Paul Williams 5/18/2005
This is so moving Chanti and one of the reasons that here in the UK Red Nose Day means so much. I would like to think that the donations we have made over the last 20 years has helped but I know we can never fully do enough until the Governments start to cancel these countries debts and worry about people instead of mineral wealth.

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