Oct

18

Feel the Hunger

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bake saleFinally, proof that our world is a world of inexplicable contradictions!  Right now, on Low Plaza, two representatives from LiNK—students for Liberty in North Korea—are sitting at a table, trying to get students to sign up for a fast, to take place on October 24th, in solidarity with those going hungry in North Korea.  Which would all be well and good, of course, if they hadn’t set up their table RIGHT NEXT TO A BAKE SALE.  Also, look closely at the picture and you’ll see that both of the representatives are—you guessed it—eating food, while trying to convince other people not to eat food, in front of an overflowing bounty of baked goods.  One has a bagel with jelly wrapped in a napkin, while the other has an iced coffee and an as-yet-unidentified baked good, purchased not from the bake sale adjacent to their table, but from Starbucks.  And, while a little internet research does confirm that there are ten Starbucks stores in South Korea, so far their neighbors to the north have none—although Bwog supposes it’s only a matter of time.

In related news, one might suggest that the starving citizens of North Korea visit Altschul Plaza, in front of Mac on the Barnard campus, this afternoon—the carnival in celebration of Latino Heritage Month is overflowing with free food.  

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7 Comments

  1. nbf  

    dubious taste

    also, it's

  2. hah  

    meanwhile, all this is going down during Ramadan. supreme irony?

  3. nbf  

    as in: although Bwog supposes its only a matter of time.

    it's

    it's

    it's

  4. bwog!  

    get a copy editor. seriously.

  5. Explain

    to me how voluntarily fasting is remotely going to help the people in North Korea.

    • Beth Gabor  

      http://www.columbia.edu/cu/link/

      The point of the fast is to raise money for charity (namely, Project Safe Haven, a center for North Korean refugee children in China). Presumably, the money is what one would have otherwise spent purchasing food that day. Most fasts for charity work in this manner.

      Furthermore, the activity raises awareness about the extreme conditions of famine that continue to exist in North Korea in spite of the fact that NK receives more food aid than any other country in the world. The corruption of their government might have something to do with the fact that the food never seems to reach the people who need it.

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