Those who brought you to the corridors of power are hungry and sick and shelter-less. The statistics released by the World Food Program is chilling and shocking. It says that many million “vote” are in such a situation that it can put anyone to shame. You are going to need them in the near future but they need you now. Can you act quickly enough to help them at least with the intention to grab their votes two years from now, if you can still enjoy your dinner? This should also shock Angelina Jolie who could not believe her eyes when she saw your dinner table. No one with a heart and right mind can reconcile to the situation of the voters and the voted.

The World Food Program has listed the following 8 hunger facts about Pakistan:

a)      The Pakistan floods this summer impacted the lives and livelihoods of some 20 million people, around 10 million of whom required emergency food assistance.

b)     Pakistan suffered from widespread hunger even before the monsoon floods, with an estimated 82.6 million people – a little less than half the population – estimated to be food insecure.

c)      An estimated 36 percent of Pakistanis live below the poverty line and almost half are illiterate. Poorer households typically spend over 60 percent of their income on food.

d)     50 percent of all Pakistanis have little or no access to clean toilets and drinking water, a condition that renders them vulnerable to infectious diseases.

e)      The biggest killers of children under five in Pakistan are diarrhea and acute respiratory infections. Undernourishment is an underlying cause in 38 percent of those cases.

f)       Conflict along Pakistan’s northwestern border with Afghanistan has forced millions of people to flee their homes. Since 2008, WFP has provided over 2.6 million of them with food assistance.

g)     Volatile food prices over the past seven years have pushed the number of people who depend on food assistance in Pakistan from 38 percent of the population in 2003 to 49 percent in 2009.

h)     Wheat is Pakistan’s main staple crop and most important source of calories. As a result of the flooding, which submerged around 16 percent of all arable land in Pakistan, the upcoming wheat harvest is expected to be around 15 percent smaller than usual.

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