HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW “iPHONE”?

I have to get that.  Yeah, mine’s less than a year old, but man, I can’t be seen with last year’s model.  And what about the performance of the Tesla Model 3?  Zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds!  And that new flavor latte at Starbuck!  Only $7.00!  I sent 12 pictures out on Snap chat and got back one hundred likes!  How cool is that?  I’ve got two thousand followers on Facebook.  Dude, I am popular!  I’m telling you…life is GOOD!!

Well, maybe not for everyone.  In the Sahel (central Africa), they aren’t really up on those things.  This year, millions people are unable to feed themselves. Hundreds of mothers arrive at the one hospital within a hundred miles to get a sip of water and some peanut past for their baby.  But most arrive too late.

In Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Senegal, 6.3 million people are starving to death.  In the past few months, charities have set up 8,000 clinics, up from 1,000 in 2008.  Abdou Dieng, director of the World Food Program said, “We’re just the plaster on a gushing wound.”

Changing climate has brought on more severe droughts that last longer each year.  Wars drive people from their homes where they raised just enough crops to feed their families.  When they reach the camps, the women are refused food and water unless they give sex to the guards

The erratic weather brought on by pollution brings torrential rains one month, destroying crops, then drought the next month.

Lake Chad has lost 90% of its volume over the past 70 years due to global warming which the rich countries are primarily responsible for.

Sprinklers, cisterns and pumps could be installed for just a few dollars.  New farming technique could increase yields.  But governments are investing any available money into cities, ignoring those living in the countryside.

What can you do?  After all, Africa is 7,000 miles away.

Take some of the Latte money and set it aside, don’t by the latest greatest cell phone, buy a simpler model, buy a one year old car instead of a new one.  That’ll save thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars.  Now one will ever know because the body styles rarely change that much year-to-year.  Don’t get that $100 dinner on the weekends.

Now, here is what you do with that money you’ve saved.  Sponsor an African baby.  Donate to the Red Cross, African Relief Fund, Doctors without Borders, UNICEF, Catholic Charities.  Contribute to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.  They promote many initiatives that benefit the poor, the displaced, the left behind.  You CAN make a difference.  Wake up!!  This world is not jut about you.

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