This is not a picture from Somalia or Sudan. The haunting picture of a child, who has been reduced to skeleton, is a Pakistani child in his mother's lap.
The devastating floods in July-August 2010 in Pakistan has exposed the vulnerable underbelly of Pakistan. The economy, society, and the state have failed. Famine now stares at the very poor that have been uprooted by floods in Pakistan.
The military and political leadership in Pakistan is indifferent to the plight of those who have put them in position of power. Only last night the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gilani, told BBC that his government is doing the very best it can.
The very best of the government in Pakistan has delivered famine instead of food and shelter. Pakistanis are better off without such sham democracy.
While the world is focussed on the Arab street, the situation is fast becoming conducive for a change in Pakistan, which should enable the starving to snatch food and resources from the political and military elite in Pakistan. The Arab street can wait. The starving in Pakistan cannot.
If you can, please donate generously to the World Food Programme and Unicef to help the poor in Pakistan. No one should die of hunger in this age of opulence and waste.
AFP: Severe malnutrition after Pakistan floods: UNICEF