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Fighting Poverty to End Hunger: Muslim Aid’s Message on World Hunger Day

On the occasion of World Hunger Day 2013 Muslim Aid calls upon the international community to take action against hunger wherever it is found in the world. Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries especially in rural villages of Asia and Africa. According to the latest Food and Agricultural Organisation statistics out of 870 million hungry people in the world, 578 million are in Asia and the Pacific, 239 million are in sub-Sahara Africaand 37 million are in near East and North Africa. Although natural disasters such as famines, earthquakes or floods are contributory factors, the chronic persistent of hunger is predominantly due to the lack of opportunity to earn enough income and to get education and skills required to meet basic nourishing needs.

A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “Statistics reveal that hunger is the number one health risk in the world, killing more people every year than AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. In a world where food is abundant, it is unacceptable that such a disproportionate number of men, women and children are severely malnourished or starve to death. Muslim Aid calls upon governments, international organisations, corporate sector and civil society to increase efforts to alleviate hunger and prevent the death and suffering on national and global levels.”

Muslim Aid distributed food parcels to families within Syria through its partner last month, and provided families in Somalia with nutritious food to supplement their diet. As well as distributing emergency food, Muslim Aid distributes food parcels to families, nutritional supplements to school children in Bangladesh and homeless people in the UK during the winter season. Muslim Aid recently joined the ongoing IF campaign to stand in solidarity with other NGOs who share the same commitment to eradicate hunger in the developing world.

Notes to editors • Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future. • Enough Food for Everyone IF is a coalition of 170 organisations and counting which have joined together to campaign for action by the G8 on the issue of global hunger. The last time we worked together at this scale was for Make Poverty History. Now that the G8 group of world leaders are returning to the UK, we are demanding they take action on hunger. 2013 won’t be the end of hunger, but it could be the beginning of the end.

• Join tens of thousands of people at the Big IF London event on Saturday 8 June to make a massive noise and demand an end to hunger at Hyde Park, London at 2.00pm.

• For further information about the work of Muslim Aid and its overseas field offices or the IF Campaign, please visit the Muslim Aid website at www.muslimaid.org to tune in to Muslim Aid TV or go to our Twitter Account Muslim_Aid or contact PR office on (+44) 020 7377 4200; inlia@muslimaid.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via post on PO Box 3| London | E1 1WP.

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