论反对紧急食品援助

尼日尔的粮食紧缺状况已经见诸世界各地的报端,然而那里的危机仅仅是更大规模灾难的一部分。今夏,我代表联合国在亚洲、中东和非洲的农村地区进行了长时间的访问,走访了无数陷于饥荒、挣扎在生死线上的村庄。

我访问的这些村庄——遍布塔吉克斯坦、也门、马里、埃塞俄比亚、卢旺达、马拉维、柬埔寨及其他地方——反映了全世界数以亿计的贫困人口的现状。贫困的原因不论是干旱、土壤贫瘠、蝗虫灾害、还是缺乏高产作物的种子,结果都是一样的:绝望、疾病和死亡。

让人难以置信的是,那些最富有的国家——在七月的八国会议上信誓旦旦地要和世界上最贫困的人民团结友好的国家——他们的行为加剧了饥荒。即便是今天,捐助国政府的援助工作仍在舍本逐末。他们用食品救济来对付尼日尔等地的粮食紧缺,却没有帮忙想出长远的解决办法。

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