AMITIAE - Thursday 26 November 2015
Share the Meal: UN World Food Program - The iOS App
By Graham K. Rogers
Like many conflicts, opposing forces battled it out for a while, but on the ground, the civilian population suffered. And in Biafra they suffered so much with a blockade imposed by the Nigerian government that the name became a watchword for starvation.
Television images were shown night after night and it was during one of these broadcasts that I saw my grandmother weeping uncontrollably. There was nothing she could do to help these dying children and she was distraught. It surprised me and it certainly surprised my mother when I told her many years later: such was the force of those images.
We have since seen many such instances of conflicts where the main victims are children and the main problem after fighting and disease is hunger. It is not often easy for those far away from such conflict to make any real difference, but donations to certain organisations may help.
It open with faces of happy children - those who have food - and the first two screens explain some basic facts: $0.50 to feed a child for a day; smartphone users outnumber hungry children 20:1 (ouch). The third screen asks users to share a meal with children in need.
The app itself is straightforward, the implications of hungry children are far-reaching. Recommended of course.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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