Names, not just Numbers: Facing Global AIDS and World Hunger

That’s the name of the new book I’m reading, written by Donald E. Messer.

I started it about 5 minutes ago, and instantly saw something I had to share with you all:

Every three seconds a person dies somewhere in the world due to poverty-that means 8 million nameless people a year.

Over 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night.

Yesterday some 30,000 people died from malnutrition and hunger, of which 18,000 were children.

Today an estimated 6,000 people died from AIDS, 5,000 from tuberculosis and 3,000 from malaria.

Last year at least 2.1 million people died of AIDS and almost 3 million more became infected with HIV.

And most people don’t give a shit!

I think I’m going to enjoy this book! I’ll be sharing snippets of it as they come to me. I hope you enjoy reading them!



  1. I’m always a little wary of these kind of books. You end up feeling righteous, angry or powerless – often all 3 at the same time – when you have finished it.

    On a side note, is there a religious overtone to the book at all? I have read stuff before by Messer (based around religion as a starting point) was wondering if he had dropped that angle for his more, dare I say commercial, book. Not that detracts from the power of what he is saying, just wondering from what starting point the book is coming from.


    1. I agree, they often come across as a bit too preachy for my liking, especially when you’re facing material like this. He’s hoping to go beyond the figures and get to the heart of the issue. You know, the same issues they talk about in those TV ads which make you feel about 2 inches small!

      I’ve not read any of his other stuff, I’ve just got to the first page and it seems OK so far – let’s see! Now that I know he throws religious angles in, I’ll keep an eye out for it!


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