Letter: The starving can't wait for peace
Sunday 14 June 1998
Our role is to bring help to those who need it regardless of the political backdrop. We have made it clear that this crisis is the result of 15 years of war and two years of drought. It is up to governments to press for the peace agreement necessary for a long-term solution. In the meantime we cannot stand back and allow people to starve. People without food cannot wait for peace.
Images of starvation can degrade the person being photographed - a point agencies have argued to the media for years. But even if we could control all images, we would still have to face the reality of the situation - that thousands of people in southern Sudan are at risk of starvation. People may flinch but they do not turn away and to date, have donated more than pounds 6m to the Sudan Appeal.
Disasters Emergency Committee, London W1
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