|While major powers make and maintain war|
Children beg and starve
Ukrainian companies and individuals also have supplied other services related to arms transfers and participated in combat missions for African armed forces.
- 44 percent Asia and Oceania
- 28 percent to the Middle East
- 19 percent to Europe.
- India (9 percent of all imports)
- China (6 percent)
- South Korea (6 percent)
- Pakistan (5 percent).
In an opinion piece last month, political analyst Badriya Khan penned this insight. “Think of 1,630 billion dollars being spent on weapons designed to kill.”
Think also of “1,002 million human beings who either do not eat at all or are always hungry. Shouldn’t this atrocious fact prompt the United States and western European countries — who account for 90 percent of world’s arms sales — to rethink?
“Considering that they are the freedom champions proud of imposing their models on the willing or unwilling — through means fair or foul — shouldn’t they turn their focus on ending hunger that robs human beings of their fundamental right to freedom?
“… The world is over-armed. The world is over-hungry. These are not new buzzwords but proven facts reflecting that the world spends well more than 1.6 trillion dollars a year on weapons, while more than one billion people languish in hunger.
“Record high food prices cause more hunger and deaths. One person in six either does not eat at all or is always hungry.
“The latest figures give more than one billion good reasons for disarming the planet but the chances of the current scenario changing are scant, if at all achievable. Why? Because, far more than governments wield or logic dictates —the arms business gets huge profits and political power.”
“Weapons Seem to Weigh Heavily against Hunger” (Viewpoint by Badriya Khan), South Asian Outlook September 2011, Vol. 11 - No. 3), http://www.southasianoutlook.com/issues/2011/september/weapons_seem_to_weigh_heavily_against_hunger.html
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