If you’re squeamish about photos of children dying by starvation — that’s a good thing, we all should be

August 4, 2011


This photo of the emaciated boy that appeared on Page 1 of the New York Times should make all of us squirm a bit and swallow hard.

Caring that millions in the Horn of Africa while we’re in the world means we’re still human. Doing something about it — Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for a second collection this weekend at parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis — would apply something tangible to that humanity. One less lunch out? We can all do that.

I sometimes wonder, when we use two-thirds of the front page of The Catholic Spirit to bring the famine in Africa to people’s attention, when even the pope is calling for aid to these starving people, if our readers even care what’s going on on the other side of the world. The good thing is that the instincts of Catholic Spirit’s journalist are right on target; if the New York Times sees this crisis as important enough for its readers, I’m hopeful that Catholic Spirit readers see it that way, too.

Here’s a great explanation from the Times folks about why they ran this photo.

, , ,

About Bob Zyskowski

Bob is the Client Products Manager for the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. A 42-year veteran of the Catholic Press, he is the former Associate Publisher of The Catholic Spirit. You can follow him on twitter or email him at zyskowskir@archspm.org.

View all posts by Bob Zyskowski
  • Becky

    I worked with Tyler Hicks, the photog for the NYTimes who’s shooting these pics, at an NYTimes paper. This is why the world needs Tyler and other photojournalists. Afflict the comfortable. Comfort the afflicted.

    Tyler is one of the journalists who was held in Lybian prisons in the spring. He’s been arrested in Bosnia, Iraq and somewhere else.

    We ought to be ashamed of what we allow to happen in the world. Especially to children.

  • Kekarn

    I wonder would what Jesus would think about the millions of $ being spent on new missals, etc., to change his description from “one in being” to “consubstantial” with the Father when thousands of our brothers and sisters are starving to death in Africa?