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Hunger part of picture

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Recent letters to the editor express opinions expressed regarding health care, contraception and abortion. That’s only part of the picture.

Spending four years in Kenya, the sight of children suffering from malnutrition was commonplace. If you had food, you would give it to them. I spent nights volunteering on a relief ship, unloading corn into railcars on the dock.

Think about it. Did we actually help?

If you had the same opportunity, you, too, would want to help. Another starving child would have the chance to grow and to be able to have children. Nothing was accomplished to restore the balance of people and food production.

Aid was provided to one local village, a small tractor and a well – far more meaningful. The village chief assigned the tractor, and the whole community was able to water their crops. The aid team had it right.

We rushed to the hospital and donated blood when a truck loaded with 30 children ran off the road. The driver saw a snake climbing the steering column. Children were killed, and many injured.

Lives are precious, especially children’s. Are our efforts here correct? Donate blood or sign to become an organ donor.

Alan Wilson

Lake in the Hills

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