This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is hunger. Amy invited us to post a photo which represents hunger to us. I always think of the children who are hungry when I think of hunger – the huge, bloated bellies, the vacant eyes, the delicate bones jutting just beneath their skin. The picture I’ve posted here says it all.
I have never experienced hunger – at least not this kind of hunger. I cannot imagine living day to day without food being readily available, and yet, that is the reality for many people around the world.
I am planning on participating in this month’s theme, but I don’t yet know what my action will be. I actually would like to do something locally because we have a large homeless population in my county and there are many people who are hungry every day.
I have already read a book which I think is a pretty good book for this month’s theme: Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton (read my review) which centers around the Donner Party’s ill-fated trek to California. If you don’t know the story, nearly half of them starved to death when they were stranded in the mountains. They ate shoe leather, the hides from animals…and when faced with nothing to eat at all, some turned to cannibalism. I don’t think any of us can imagine a hunger so great we would resort to eating our dead comrades. But that is exactly what happened with the Donner Party. I am giving away a signed copy of the book this month – to get your name in the drawing, visit this post before midnight (PST) on April 20th.
Are you participating in The Social Justice Challenge this month? If so, what are you considering as an action?