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Africa's Food Crisis as a Threat to Peace and Security - statement to the UN Securty Council, New York, USA

Executive Director

We are all seized with the war in Iraq. WFP has launched what may become the largest single humanitarian operation in history. But as we meet today, there are nearly 40 million Africans in greater peril.

As much as I don't like it, I cannot escape the thought that we have a double standard. How is it we routinely accept a level of suffering and hopelessness in Africa we would never accept in any other part of the world? We simply cannot let this stand.