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Reflection: Fighting Hunger

In relation to what is going on in Canada and in other parts of the world without anyone noticing it, I recently declared a three-days fasting (Loopstra, & Tarasuk, 2012). I did not do this because I did not have food in my store, but I did it to create awareness among my colleagues and family members. At first I did not think going for three days without food would have any effect on my colleagues and family members, but immediately I was unable to walk and even stand on the third day, the impact was irresistible. All my colleagues were there to take me to hospital when I fell down in the office, but to their amazement, my condition did not warrant medical attention. While still lying on the floor, I just waved them in the air and gave them some indications that all was well with me except that my stomach had nothing. I watched my colleagues assemble into small groups and wonder how this went about without them noticing it. I pretended that I was unable to take food or even water. I also refused to go to hospital and at that point two of my colleagues offered to drive me home.  

Later that day, my family members were also there to take me to hospital when I fell down, and almost collapsed at our dining room. Once again, I gave them some indications and asked them to give me food and water. Immediately I took that food and water, I regained my energy. It was at this point I explained everything to my family members and they sympathized with people that go for days without food as they sympathized with me. However, my colleagues back in the office had to wait until the next morning for my explanation. They equally sympathized with people that go without food and promised to do something at personal level (Wiesmann et al., 2005).

I had difficulties going for three days without food. This affected the way I normally work and relate with my colleagues. As a lesson to me, I realized that going without food is not amusing or even enjoyable at all. For this reason, I always feel hurt whenever I watch on television or read from newspapers that people go without food or even water in different parts of the world. The experience taught me that hunger bites and thirst could kill. Now I understand hunger from another perspective that anybody who shows no mercy to people that go without food should experience to understand it that way. In relation to this, I wish the members of the public would realize that hunger bites, thereby join hands with governments in alleviating hunger and even poverty that causes hunger (Loopstra, & Tarasuk, 2012).

My colleagues and family friends understood my point when I explained it to them, but they did not understand it the way I personally understood. I wish they would fast and understand the pangs of hunger the way I understand them. This notwithstanding, I believe my effort was effective because every person that saw me in the condition I was in during the fasting days showed some concern. In addition, they show concern about hunger every time we meet in the office. Some of them have confirmed that they have deposited food with food bank. Those yet to do anything tell me that they will do it soon. My action will not be affected in the future because I intend to take it a notch higher by going online and urging other people to fight hunger the simplest way they can. Right now, I am considering initiating a facebook account to urge my followers to start donating food to hungry people in their neighborhood or even donate such food to government food banks in their respective areas of residence. Based on my personal experience, I wish other people would join me in this fight and do something. This would help many people out there that go for days without food (Messer, & Uvin, 2005).

References

Loopstra, R., & Tarasuk, V. (2012). The relationship between food banks and household food insecurity among low-income Toronto families. Canadian public policy/analyse de politiques, 38(4), 497-514.

Messer, E., & Uvin, P. (2005). The hunger report 1995: the Alan Shawn Feinstein world hunger program, Brown University, providence, Rhode Island. New York: Routledge.

Wiesmann, D. et al. (2005). The challenge of hunger: global hunger index: facts, determinants, and trends. Washington: International food policy research institute.