Walk the World: “Peace and Equity to Fight Child Hunger”

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Walk the World is an Annual Event hosted to raise awareness about child hunger.

This campaign carried the theme of “Peace and Equity to Fight child Hunger” and culminate in a walk on the 21 st May 2006 in Colombo.

Walk theWorld: Peace and Equity to Fight Child Hunger.

Once a year hundreds of thousands of people all around the globe participate in “Walk the World”. This global event takes place on the same day at the same time in all 24 time zones, calling for the end of child hunger.

The internal strife in Sri Lanka raging relentlessly for more than 20 years has had devastating effects on child malnutrition, which is 7- 8% higher in the conflict affected areas than the national average. The only sustainable way of fighting child hunger is by ending the conflict and through peace and equity in the country.

“There are 315,000 children in Sri Lanka, who do not get proper food and were dependant on school feeding program by World Food Programme, which covers about 1,375 schools in the island. And moves were underway to expand the school feeding programme to feed 335,000 children and increase the number of schools benefiting from this programme” according to United Nations World Food Programme Country Representative Jeff Taft Dick.

Walk theWorld: Peace and Equity to Fight Child Hunger

All walks of life participated in the walk

Hunger is one of the major problems faced by many countries in the world.

The walk was organised by World Food Programme, and its partners the European Union and TNT

Kandyan dancer adding colour to the event

Sri Lanka joined 100 countries in the world to fight child hunger

Musaeus College, Colombo 07 band joined the walk

The participants walked for five kilometers

6 1/2 month old Kimia also participated in the walk. “Kimia” means Peace in Lingala, the language which is spoken in the Republic of Congo.

The theme of the walk was “Peace and Equity to Fight Child Hunger”

Contact: dushi.pillai@gmail.com

Source: HumanityAshore.org

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