[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Feeding the hungryI am an American in South Jeolla province. Today I saw an article that said that the World Food Program has run out of food for North Korea. I cannot begin to tell you how this news makes me feel.
The recipients of the food provided by the WFP are mostly children, pregnant women and the elderly. What did they do that was so horrible that they do not have the right to eat? What crime is so punishable that slow starvation is the penalty? I think about the elderly, the children and the mothers who have to listen to their babies cry because they are hungry, and I cry.
I am sorry if this offends anyone, but governments do not give a damn about the children. Not my government, not this government, and certainly not the North Korean government. I am angry. The children in North Korea are hungry. The only crime these children are guilty of is being born.
I understand the political problems surrounding the North Korean government. That is politics. What I do not understand is the world, willing to slowly starve babies because of politics. Food is a God-given right, not a privilege for the few.
by Kathryn R McNeil