Media Action-sponsored programme paints a vivid picture of how critical the food issue is in Nigeria, even as the world annually celebrates the World Food Day. According to Amina, her husband has vowed not to let her children be immunized by the health authorities, because they cannot take vaccines on empty stomachs.
For the Shehus, food is by far more important than to be immunized against diseases. But this reasoning has its own merits if critically weighed; and brings to the fore the need to totally eradicate hunger which the Food and Agricultural Organization has been working towards since the idea to commemorate the World Food Day started some years ago.
With the population of the world increasing every day and environmental and political pressures putting a strain on arable farmlands, there is no doubt that food sufficiency should get all the attention it deserves; not just in the developing world but also in the developed countries. While the Western nations have, by virtue of genetically modified foods and other welfare programmes, conquered the cruel pangs of hunger, much of their expertise should be deployed to the less-developed parts of the world to help in combating this menace.
Standing aside to watch children and adults sleep and wake up hungry in any part of the world will certainly not help the developed world, because a sizeable portion of migration issues stem from this.
As the world draws the attention of everyone to the impact of hunger let us all remember that the only acceptable premise to fight the scourge of hunger is for all to maintain that it is not enough. It is not enough and governments, non-governmental bodies, research institutes should work towards making food enough for all.
A 2016 interview by Amina Shehu, a victim of insurgency in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, on a BBC.