By Chris Ingram
Special correspondent, the Tampa Tribune
Published July 31, 2011
My girls, one 7 years old and 4-year-old twins, aren’t “spoiled” by any means, but they certainly aren’t doing without.
My wife and I worry about the normal things parents in the U.S. fret about — weirdoes who prey on kids, bullies at school, getting them a good education and the mess that the U.S. Congress is leaving them in the form of a staggering $14 trillion debt.
But for the most part, we’re relatively worry-free and optimistic about their future.
Meanwhile, a world away, children are starving in Africa. Parents of Africa’s children don’t worry about schooling or their nation’s economy much. When you are facing famine, drought, civil war and other man-made devastation, simple survival is a far more pressing concern.
Recent news reports from The Associated Press say the current drought and resulting famine in the Horn of Africa is “the worst human disaster” in the world.
Unfortunately, starvation, drought, disease and poverty are nothing new to the region.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to do some consulting for foreign governments in Africa and Eastern Europe on behalf of the U.S. State Department. My work in Africa consisted of training political leaders in the ways of Western-style governance, dealing with the media and communicating messages.
Our government euphemistically calls the countries I have worked in “emerging democracies.” Some of the countries where I have worked in Africa include Sudan and Kenya — currently plagued by drought, and both overcoming years of civil war or internal strife.
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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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