Scarlett Johansson may be one of the biggest movie stars of our time, but she's not too big to give back to the world around her!
The Oxfam Ambassador traveled to East Africa with the famine relief organization not that long ago and witnessed, first hand, the devastation threatening the lives of 13 million people throughout Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
“You read statistics all the time like, ’13 million people are at risk because of the severe drought in East Africa,’ but I think those kinds of numbers fall on deaf ears — there’s so much devastation in the world, that it’s a bit overwhelming for people. But by seeing a first-hand account of something like the effects of the drought in the Horn of Africa, you can have a different relationship with the story. It’s one of the blessings that come with new media.”
While the situation in Africa is nothing short of tragic, Scarlett goes on to admit that people don't need to leave the United States to witness famine, explaining:
“I think that in something like a video blog, where you’re actually looking at mothers and children and in people’s faces, you can see that. You don’t even have to go that far. There are people in America who are absolutely desperate right now, who have no means to support their families, who have no opportunities to better themselves or their education—and they’re not that different from the farmers and working-class people that I visited when I went to Kenya with Oxfam. Whether they’re in America or in Africa, people want to work. They want to have purpose. They want to provide for themselves and their families.”
So true! There are plenty of Americans starving too and thankfully people like Scarlett care enough to donate their time and resources to help as much as they can.
To learn more about hunger issues affecting the less fortunate at home or abroad, visit Oxfam and become part of the solution!
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