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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: 25 000 morts de faim par jour

25,000 Die of Hunger Every Day

Translated Thursday 18 June 2009, by Jonathan Pierrel

Every year, hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis all together, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) which counts as many as 25,000 people dying every day of starvation or of its effects (both children and adults). A child dies of hunger or its immediate effects every six seconds, which adds up to 14,000 a day. The number of chronically starving people in the world increased in 2008 because of the food crisis and should exceed one billion this year.

In 2009, the number of people living under a dollar and twenty-five cents a day should total 1.184 billion, which is less than the 1.375 billion estimated for 2005, but is still alarming. If no measure is taken now, this would lead to 1.4 to 2.8 million more infantile deaths by 2015. Furthermore, the WFP shows that the vast majority of under-nourished people in the world – a total of 907 million – live in developing countries: 583 million in Asia, 236 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, 51 million in Latin America and the Caribbean and 15 millions in the Middle-East and Northern Africa.

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