M990.761.93 | Global Hunger

Drawing, cartoon
Global Hunger
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1990, 20th century
Ink on paper
23 x 25.7 cm
Gift of Ms. Iona Monahan
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

People in Western countries often take the opportunity of the new year to make self-centred wishes that focus on the acquisition of material goods. The cartoonist reminds readers that other priorities, such as the fight against global hunger, should also come into consideration.

  • What

    Although rich countries have promised to take swift action and make major investments in countries devastated by hunger, especially in Africa, millions of people around the world continue to suffer from malnutrition. This reality stands in stark contrast to the situation in industrialized countries, with their high levels of consumption and waste.

  • Where

    The person in the cartoon is a reminder of the plight of Sudan and Ethiopia, two African countries where people still struggle to get enough food to survive.

  • When

    In 1990 social inequality on the planet was made worse by famine.

  • Who

    The figure of an emaciated black man or child is often used to represent the problem of hunger, which is particularly acute in some black African countries.