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June 27, 2022

 

Help to The Afghanistan Community

In the article, “ Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan ” I learned that the people of Afghanistan are struggling with extreme poverty issues. Afghanistan was already a poor nation but when the Taliban made things worse. 38 million people are facing financial disaster, over %80 of the country faces severe drought, this has forced nearly 700,00 people to abandon their land. Millions are without jobs, income, or any ability to pay for food or rent. Now, the temperature is dropping below zero degrees, and an estimated 22.8 million people—more than half of Afghanistan’s population–face acute starvation. There are many things that are being done to help. The things that are being done to help are that the United Nation has requested $4.4 billion from the international community to help address the crisis. It is also requesting $623 million in aid for the estimated 5.7 million afghan refugees who have fled from their countries. The Biden administration is also helping by sending $308 million in humanitarian aid. The money will move through independent humanitarian organizations instead, so that it will be spent directly on relief efforts like food, water, and sanitation. It will also help to “winterize” items such as shelter kits, blankets, and warm clothing. The U.S. will also send one million more COVID-19 vaccinations, in addition to the 3.3 million doses it has already sent. President Biden has also promised that this is just the initial contribution, and that more will be provided throughout 2022. I think this is horrible because many people are differing because of the Taliban. I hope things get better and I hope the kids and everyone is helped.


Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is an increasing problem that occurs “whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire acceptable food in a socially acceptable way, is limited or is uncertain” (Bazerghi 732). More people are experiencing a lack of food and the services that provide food for food insecure families. Food insecurity affects families that struggle financially, live in low income areas, and cannot commute to food aid services. Food insecurity can become very harmful to an individual. Food insecurity is most harmful to children because “their nutrition affects not only their current health, but also their physical, mental, and social development—and thus their future health and well-being” (Coleman-Jensen iv). Many children who are food insecure experience physical effects such as hunger pain, less energy, and weaker bones. The child’s body is not receiving enough nutrition in order for their body to develop properly and can cause multiple health issues in the future. Children who are food insecure are less focused, have lower mental proficiency, and impaired non-cognitive skills. These negative affects affect the behavior of the child and can cause problems around groups of people in school or public. Although children are most affected because they are still developing, these same consequences affect the mental and physical health of teenagers and adults.

Food insecurity can affect anyone, but research has shown that some households are more likely to be more food insecure than others. A study conducted showed that “Households with lower incomes and households headed by an African American or Hispanic person, a never-married person, a divorced or separated person, a renter, a younger person, or a less-educated person are all more likely to be food insecure than their respective counterparts. In addition, households with children are more likely to be food insecure than those without” (Gundersen 1831). People who are younger, less educated, and dependent on themselves are more likely to become food insecure. These people typically make a lower income because the only income of the household is obtained from one person. In addition, people who are younger and less educated have a harder time getting and making time for a job. Children under the age of fifteen are not old enough to get a job and cannot earn enough to buy food. Households with children have a larger number of people to feed and therefore need more money to purchase food.

Food insecurity is very relevant in society today and is in continual need of support. Society needs to advocate for the families who are food insecure because many families that are in need of assistance from supplements programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and  the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program (Coleman-Jensen 34). It is important to work towards giving families in need this assistance because without these programs many families will continue to be malnourished and experience mental and physical health programs. Another prominent problem that food insecure families struggle with is the availability of food in food banks. Many food banks lack fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, meat, and other essential legumes (Bazerghi 737). Food insecure families that rely on food banks are not consuming enough whole foods to have a sustainable diet. A body cannot function properly without necessary vitamins and nutrients. Therefore, food insecure families are more likely to become malnourished or sick due to lack of healthier options.

Works Cited

Bazerghi, Chantelle, et al. “The Role of Food Banks in Addressing Food Insecurity: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Community Health, vol. 41, 2016, pp. 732-740. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10900-015-0147-5.pdf.

Coleman-Jensen, Alisha, et al. “Food Insecurity in Households With Children.” United States Department of Agriculture, vol.113, 2013, pp. 1-60. https://tind-customer-agecon.s3.amazonaws.com/8fe69782-369f-4e99-848f-0478bcc928e4?response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%2A%3DUTF-8%27%2737672_eib-113.pdf&response-content-type=application%2Fpdf&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Expires=86400&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAXL7W7Q3XHXDVDQYS%2F20210302%2Feu-west-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Date=20210302T164700Z&X-Amz-Signature=cf4ef8ba89a7bd1f13cd976f0e5f7bdbd37a335f11d7a95b54a1aa0f81d4ae2f.

Gundersen, Craig, and James P. Ziliak. “Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes.” The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc., vol. 11, 2015, pp. 1830-1839. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/pdf/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0645


The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests

Try to name one thing that girls can like and won’t get made fun of for it. Harder than you think right? Teenage girls aren’t allowed to have any sort of interest in anything without being ridiculed for it or turned into a stereotype for the world to make fun of (lianx037). If a girl uses hydro flasks and scrunchies, she’s a “VSCO girl,” but if she likes oversized hoodies and beanies she’s a “bruh girl.” If she wears makeup and dresses up she’s trying too hard, but if she doesn’t she’s lazy and ugly. It seems as if no matter what girls do, their interests will be considered ridiculous.

    This is not unique to just teenage girls either. Women aren’t taken seriously, no matter their age. They are overlooked and undermined in work, the media, their personal interests, etc (Grindell). There has been research done that shows that women work harder than men at their jobs, but are not noticed for their efforts (Muller-Heyndyk). Women are also paid significantly less than men. This just shows that the ridicule that teenage girls receive is also received by adult women. Women are very rarely recognized for their hard work and are viewed as objects who can be easily taken advantage of.

    I think that this stems from the ever present idea that women exist for men – that everything they do is for men or to get a man’s attention. This leads to people believing that women aren’t genuine in their interests. The world believes and has believed for many years that women pretend to like things to get a man to like them, which makes it easy to make fun of a girl’s interests even if this is not necessarily the case. The world does not realize that this can negatively affect teen girls, especially because they are still developing. Instead of bashing a girl for her interests, we should be encouraging her to express herself in whatever way she wants.

Works Cited

Grindell, Samantha. “People Love to Write off Teenage Girls. Here’s Why They’re Dead Wrong.” Insider, Insider, 19 Jan. 2020, www.insider.com/teenage-girls-influence-popular-culture-2019-11. 

lianx037. “Why Are We Making Fun of Girls for Everything?” University of Minnesota Women’s Center Blog, 15 Apr. 2016, mnwomenscenter.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/why-are-we-making-fun-of-girls-for-everything/. 

Muller-Heyndyk, Rachel. “Women Work Harder but Progress Less at Work.” HR Magazine, www.hrmagazine.co.uk/content/news/women-work-harder-but-progress-less-at-work.

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