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Muslims from around the world are currently observing the month of Ramadan. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims.This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Check out the link below for more information on the fast that Muslims practice yearly.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/07/ramadan-2013-facts_n_3529135.html

The month of fasting also encourages empathy for those less fortunate. Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries. Here are some statistics:

578 million in Asia and the Pacific
239 million in Sub-Saharan Africa
53 million in Latin America and the Caribbean
37 million in the Near East and North Africa

19 million in developed countries

Ghada Amer ‘s Hunger artwork featured in the Earth Matters exhibition which is located in the Enid Haupt Garden part of the  Smithsonian Gardens draws our attention to the plight of hunger, but it also reminds us of the earth’s bountiful resources.

“Hunger” by Ghada Amer (b. 1963, Egypt), site-specific installation

“Hunger” by Ghada Amer (b. 1963, Egypt), site-specific installation

The World Food Program is an organization that aims to fight hunger worldwide. Have a look at their mission by visiting their website at http://www.wfp.org/hunger

By UN. Uploaded by Sun Ladder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By UN. Uploaded by Sun Ladder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Josh and Chuck from Stuff You Should Know explore the necessities of food and water for survival in their podcast title “How long can you go without food and water?”  Check out the HowStuffWorks podcast in the link below:http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/how-long-can-you-go-without-food-and-water/

Also, next Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 12 noon, Dr Muhannad Salhi will give an introduction on Ramadan, The Muslim Holy Month. Click here to see the invitation to the talk.

Another podcast from Stuff You Should Know titled “Fasting: deadly or what?” looks at different forms of fasting and their implications on your body. Check it out here: http://www.mixcloud.com/StuffYouShouldKnow/fasting-deadly-or-what/

By Sudan Envoy (USAID and WFP Aid) [CC-BY-2.0  via Wikimedia Commons

By Sudan Envoy (USAID and WFP Aid) [CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

For more information on global hunger and what  you can do to make a difference visit http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-world-hunger

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