Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Family planning must top agenda

ITALIAN divers have now recovered more bodies from the boat carrying African migrants off Lampedusa.

Tens of thousands of migrants attempt the perilous crossing from North Africa to Sicily and other Italian islands each year and accidents are common.

What is the cause of this burgeoning human catastrophe? According to the World Bank, since 1960, the population of Somalia has grown three-fold, from three million to nine million, Ethiopia's population has grown four-fold, from 20 million to 80 million and in Kenya a massive five-fold increase has occurred, from eight million to 40 million.

However, major charities have persistently refused to acknowledge the need to accompany their food-aid programmes with family planning initiatives.

In taking this politically self-interested position, these charities have actually fuelled the scale of the tragedies unfolding.

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