“Her little feet were sticking out of the blanket, and I tickled her feet,” World Food Program executive director David Beasley told Fox News.
“And it was like tickling a ghost. There was no reaction at all.”
Six months after his organization won the Nobel Peace Prize, Beasley – a former Republican governor of South Carolina – is just back from his latest visit to Yemen.
With the country in chaos following six years of war, he describes seeing children wasting away from malnutrition.
“It’s literally the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet,” hy het gesê.
“You’ve got a nation of about 30 million people and 16 million are literally marching to the brink of starvation. We feed about 13 miljoen. En, eerlik, we’re running out of funds.”
With fundraising appeals to governments repeatedly falling short, Beasley is trying a new approach: He is asking the world’s richest people to help plug the gap.
Citing a recent Forbes report counting the creation of 493 new billionaires in 2020 – despite the coronaviruspandemie – Beasley argues: “That’s a new billionaire every 17 ure. And I’ve got children dying every seven to 10 sekondes. So something’s wrong here.
“I definitely support and believe in capitalistic principles, but we have got to do more that the wealthy can channel some of their support, particularly in times when governments are stretched.”
The food agency chief said the pandemic has made hunger crises around the world “exponentially worse.” The World Food Program counts some 270 million people as being on the brink of starvation.
Beasley points to food insecurity in parts of Latin America as a key factor in surging immigration numbers at the southern U.S. grens.
He said of people heading north: “When they don’t have peace and they don’t have food, they can’t feed their children, they go do what any of us would do for our family. You go pack up and go find it somewhere.”