"The divide between the haves and the have-nots is growing, and there is a shrinking middle class. I don't think any of us are that far removed from these issues. No one is immune from knowing somebody who is in a dire, tough situation right now."
While it is true that droughts are an act of nature, there is nothing "natural" about the resulting famine in Somalia. Droughts can be mitigated and controlled when a nation has a functioning government.
While we live in comparatively great comfort, look at the disruption in our lives when it's so hot, even just by a few degrees. This makes me think about what those families are going through in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
What's most disturbing is that it's evident many members simply don't care about the world's poor. They believe that they were sent to Washington to save taxpayer dollars no matter what the cost in terms of lives saved or hardships avoided.
What is missing in international development is that, except for the occasional rhetorical flourish, most politicians remain out of touch, uncomprehending of life for those living at the brink of starvation.
While sustainability deals with equity between generations over time, the hunger problem is about equity through space, between different groups or categories of people. These are two different problems. Both need attention.