Waking to see the headline on the front of today’s Guardian: ‘Aid delay led to disaster in Horn of Africa’ put into perspective the magnitude of what we could achieve today.
A disaster that didn’t need to happen
The reality that thousands of lives could have been saved if the international community, donor governments and humanitarian agencies had responded sooner to the early warning signs of a severe food shortage.
This is why I’ll be going to Downing Street today with five other campaigners championing the #66 cities campaign.
We’ll be handing in a petition, signed by nearly 18,000 supporters, which asks David Cameron to commit to signing the charter to end extreme hunger.
If David Cameron announces that he will support the charter at today’s PMQs it will be a huge step towards making sure disasters like the East African food crisis never happen again.
How you can help
We need your help to ensure that David Cameron fully supports the charter and encourages other leaders to do the same.
Today Save the Children, ONE, Oxfam and African’s Act for Africa will be leading a twitter takeover during PMQs from 12-1.
We need as many people as possible to tweet using #PMQs and #hungercharter with the aim of taking over the #PMQs twitter feed and getting the hunger charter trending.
Tweet one of the messages below between 11.30am and 1pm:
- I’m asking David Cameron @number10gov to endorse the #hungercharter in #PMQs today. Join in the twitter takeover!
- Join the Twitter Takeover @number10gov #PMQs now! 18,000 people believe Cameron should sign the #hungercharter
- Will the UK show its commitment to preventing another hunger crisis? #PMQs @number10gov sign the #hungercharter now
- The crisis in East Africa must be the world’s last. Cameron must sign the #hungercharter #PMQs
- 13 million still affected by food crisis in Horn of Africa. Cameron must show commitment to prevent more suffering #PMQs #hungercharter
Please join us
#PMQs is used by MPs and monitored by the media so it is a real opportunity show David Cameron how many people in the UK want our government to act to stop preventable starvation around the world.
So as we feel those mid morning hunger pangs coming on and long for the next chocolate biscuit, remember the tens of thousands of children that have died from a hunger that could have been prevented and do something to ensure a different future for thousands more children…