Mary Nyalipe Yoac has lived through five famines and four wars. Her brown eyes, now fading into a bluish grey with age, have witnessed more brutality and suffering than most can comprehend. Tragically, the last 10 months were no different, her community devoured by fighting and all that she owned destroyed or looted.
Until the food challenge is squarely met, prudence dictates that we should be expanding domestic and international support for voluntary family planning, and in the developing world we should be promoting smaller, healthier families by educating girls, empowering women, and eliminating child marriage.
Every day, across the state of New Jersey, and around the United States, people are forced to make difficult choices, such as: "Should I pay my rent and my utility bills, or buy food for my family?" and "Should I pay for my medication or buy food?" One of the most disturbing and extraordinary aspects of life in this very wealthy state is the persistence of hunger.