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Hello Mi Neighbour | Hunger pains not nice

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this May 22, 2013 photo, a malnourished five-year-old boy stands in his kitchen holding a spoon as he waits for a meal in the community of Mabriole near the town of Belle Anse in Haiti.
In this photo of Saturday, Auguse 6, 2010, a woman at the therapeutic feeding centre in Shebedino in the south of Ethiopia with her malnourished child.

Hello mi neighbour! The names Trevour and Paulet Johnson may not ring a bell for many but it certainly does for many beneficiaries of their acts of neighbourliness in a St Catherine community. As you and I know, hunger for food is "not a nice ting".

So severe is its pain that a person will risk his/her life to find relief from it. Anyone who therefore who makes it a point of duty to "deaden" the pain of hunger in another, abides in the centre of God's will where blessings are aplenty

So anti-hunger is the Creator that He made an annual food provision for 10 billion people on a planet of approximately 7.6 billion. The million-dollar question is, why then do we allow seven million people to die of hunger, with another 850 million suffering from hunger and malnutrition even as we dump more than two billion tons of food across the world annually? By the time you are through reading this article some 60 people would have died of hunger. Somebody has some explaining to do.

"The right to food is a human, legal and clearly defined right which gives rise to obligations of states to reduce both chronic under nourishment and malnutrition." More clearly defined by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR), "the right to adequate food is realised when every man, woman and child, alone and in community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement."

It must be noted that hunger is not caused by scarcity but often by poverty, inequality and other human deficiencies. Even as the rate of global food production is increasing faster than the rate of global population, the unemployed, underemployed, minimum wage earners, pensioners, etc., cannot access an adequate supply of nutrition due to their weak purchasing power. War, tribalism, greed, selfishness, violence, waste, etc., are other culprits blocking the free flow of food to the hungry. And a word on behalf of mothers, many of whom call us daily in search of food. Prolonged hunger and other forms of malnutrition can cause serious injury to the unborn - no brainer? The mother who is undernourished during pregnancy often gives birth to an undernourished child who invariably poses serious child-rearing challenges for that mother. Undernourishment may also lead to hemorrhaging during childbirth which further leads to death. Chew on those things.

Now back to the Johnsons who can be easily labelled "anti-hungerist." What started as a kind gesture of providing a little food for coworkers on a regular basis has mushroomed into feeding 100 truly hungry street residents on a regular basis. Motivated by their Christian faith to feed the hungry, the Johnsons are calling on everyone, to make it a point of obligation to feed the hungry in their communities - be it physically, socially and spiritually, etc. For this couple, feeding the hungry brings great satisfaction and many blessings into their own lives - as they give there is an unseen hand replenishing their supplies. Yes there's a link between giving and receiving: give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and running over!




- Miss Christin, St Elizabeth, for offering clothing for men, women and children

- Kay, St Andrew (Spanish Town Road), for offering wheel chair to a neighbour

- Karlene, St Andrew, for donation

- Rema, St Andrew, for donation

- Latoyer, for donation

- Bernard and Jean for male and female clothing




- Leonie, Kingston - asking neighbours for a stove and a chest-of-drawers - lost her furniture and is struggling to replace them

- Neighbour - mother of four asking for food

- Neighbour - mother of two asking for zinc and board to build a room for self and children

- Deon, Portland - asking for a stove with an oven - wants to bake for a living

- To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 334-8165, 884-3866, or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR C/o 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; Paypal/credit card: email: Or contact e-mail