Please Send Food Pics

By: Obdi Owusu

By: Obdi Owusu

The Sudan is not an easy place to live. For much of our history, we have suffered from rampant ethnic strife and dealt with violent internal conflicts including two civil wars and the War in Darfur. Additionally, Sudan has experienced economic difficulty with a GDP per capita of only $1,580 USD. But beyond all that, Sudan is one of the hungriest countries in the world with an “Alarming Hunger Situation” according to the Global Hunger Index. We simply don’t get to see much food, which is why I’m asking you to please, if you can, send food pics.

We would accept any kind of food pics—I mean, when 25% of your population is undernourished and hunger is on the rise, it really is hard to be picky. Whether you’re enjoying sausage stuffed mushrooms with a barbecue glaze or a double chocolate brownie cake with strawberries on top or even a heart-healthy blueberry smoothie, we would absolutely love it if you could take a picture and send them our way. We’ve never even seen food like that, so it would be real treat to have an image of what you’re about to enjoy. You have no idea what your pictures would mean to us.

Also, it doesn’t have to be food that you buy at a store or a restaurant. You could make it yourself, take a picture, and send it to us! About 4 million people in our country are on the edge of starvation every day, so you can imagine it’s not very easy for us to cook an amazing meal. So, if you randomly decide to get all Betty Crocker one night and cook a delightfully creamy Alfredo pasta dish with broccoli or prepare a lemony zucchini salad, please make sure to snap a picture with your iPhone or Android device and send it over to Sudan where those pictures will go a long way.

Now, I am fully aware that I might be asking a lot. Sending food pics is not always easy, and it might raise some eyebrows from some of your friends. But please, when you are seated down to a meal and the waiter brings your food out, just spare a couple moments to snap a picture of each person’s dish. Hopefully your friends will find the goodness in their hearts to wait just a moment before digging in so some people thousands of miles away can share in your good fortune with a high quality food pic. As a member of the 171st nation in the world rankings of human development, I can tell you that it would be much appreciated.

Some of you might be asking the best way to send a food pic, and the answer is social media! Posting food pics to your Facebook page or Twitter account is a great way to spread food pics around the globe. In Sudan, we can access the internet through hubs that are only a couple hundred miles away, which is totally worth it to see those gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies you baked last night. We also love seeing food pics on Instagram because filters can really enhance the experience of imagining what your food tastes like. But nothing—I repeat, nothing—is as helpful as a food pic on Pinterest, because then we can see the recipe and visualize making the food ourselves if we had access to the ingredients. Sublime!

In this crazy world we live in, it’s good to remember that not everyone is as lucky as you. Sudan isn’t the only place that doesn’t have access to food pics. So, next time you’re eating a delicious meal, please share the experience with entire world.


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