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Putting the Coronavirus into Perspective

Touch the Soil News #1578 (Feature photo – Children of South Sudan Before the Current Crisis – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Masiya)

According to the latest news, the current coronavirus outbreak started in December 2019. So that means its about 90 days into its crisis. Estimates are that some 3,000 people have died so far – some 33 per day.

In reality, on a global basis, the likelihood is far greater that someone will die from hunger. The FAO reports that some 25,000 people die each day from hunger and nutrition related deficiencies. The point here is that if something is really big – like hunger, and it has been going on for a long time, media attention dribbles to a minimum.

At this moment, hunger is on the doorstep of South Sudan as millions of people face severe food insecurity from weather related agricultural crisis.

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