Food and education programs work. When hungry people get food and knowledge, they become much more productive, helping to ensure that they will no longer need food aid.
Also this past week, a famous African author in a radio interview lampooned those who would provide aid to struggling people in Africa as "messianic." She said that she and her generation were "irritated" at foreign organizations who would provide aid to the needy in Africa.
She wished loudly that those organizations, like the World Food Programme or UNICEF, would simply "stop!" as she put it.
Every nation has its elitists. Sometimes they are economic elitists (such as wealthy people who exploit the poor and deny them necessary resources). And then there is the intellectual ultra-nationalist elite.
They themselves are well-fed and well-housed and take book tours in Europe and the USA. They garner gasps and jaw-drops when they declare that the poor of their nation would do better without all this food that is being fed to them; they would do better living without the shelters that the international relief organizations set up at the refugee camps.
I want to hear from the hungry and the homeless. How do they feel about international aid? Do they also want us to remove the food aid and tear down the shelters and close down the schools that have been set up through international aid?
Some people are hungry for food. Some are hungry for the spotlight.