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There are armies of dedicated unheralded, unsung humans who keep putting back together what others tear asunder.
It is they who move in behind the scenes in civil wars, political upheavals, natural disasters, to feed, provide medical assistance, shelter.
We read every day of conflicts, assassinations, typhoons but little about the ongoing, unglamorous task of transporting supplies to millions who overnight find themselves without food, water, a roof over their heads.
The World Food Programme is one such organization, performing prodigies in a gigantic, round-the-clock effort to succor hapless victims of man's cruelty to man.
Governments drag their collective feet,
orators orate, moralists pontificate while the WFP quietly, quickly and apolitically does the job.
Example: the WFP is exercising damage control on an unimaginable scale on the heals
of the ongoing upheavals in the Middle East.
Cargo planes are flown into affected areas with the requisite staples.
Legions of volunteers and administration officials move in by truck
following every bomb blast, to distribute supplies, medicines, clothing.
An imposing moving force behind these awesome accomplishments is a modest person dedicated to her work, unflagging and determined, the Executive Director of the WFP, Ertharin Cousin.
I wish to salute her and the prodigious accomplishments of the WFP.
I truly believe that without the contributions of Doctors without Borders,
the WFP and a few other organizations out there in the field with no political axes to grind,
our world, as unsteady and reeling from the excesses of collective stupidity as it is,
would be a sorry place indeed.
P.S. Ms. Cousin loves Classical Music (well performed!)
- Lorin Maazel