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    South-Asian tsunami [letter]

    Zamperetti N; Bellomo R

    Lancet. 2005 Mar 12; 365:935.

    Just a few days before the tsunami disaster of Dec 26, 2004, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a document on the state of food insecurity in the world. In this document, FAO’s Director-General, Jacques Diouf, stated that 5 million children die every year because of lack of food. This means more than 400 000 deaths every month. In other words, since the tsunami tragedy, the world has silently witnessed a number of deaths which is nearly three times that seen on Dec 26, and which continues to increase at a rate of more than 13 000 each day. Now the risk is that the absolutely necessary and indispensable financial assistance for the victims of the tsunami tragedy will come at the expense of other funds set aside for assistance to countries affected by famine. (excerpt)
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