The rise of malnutrition especially among children is appalling. The harm that is done to children still growing remains for the rest of their lives in emotional scars as well as damaging growing brains. Is this really happening in the 7th largest economy in the world??
Monica Caro, Campaigner against the government’s benefit cuts, outside the Royal Free Hospital in Camden
A few years ago I used to work with an academic, who was very involved in civil rights work to improve conditions for the Black community. He later moved with his family to the new, post-Apartheid South Africa. Talking to him later, I found that he was appalled at the poverty in his local area, and was trying to find donors, who would provide much-needed equipment for the local school. Apart from the poverty that still afflicts the vast majority of Black South Africans, there area suffered from unemployment. As a result, many of the schoolchildren were coming to school hungry. To combat this, the government had launched the ‘Nelson Mandela Feeding Programme’. This gave schoolchildren a meal when the came to school. My friend told me that it was only a peanut butter sandwich…
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