The head of the World Food Program (WFP) has argued that a small fraction of the wealth of the extremely wealthy could help end world hunger.
WFP Secretary-General David Beasley said in an interview on the 26th that “we need $6 billion for the 42 million people who will literally die if we don’t reach out to help.”
Then, referring to Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, he added, “Billionaires just do it once.”
According to Bloomberg on the 25th, Musk’s net worth is $289 billion and Bezos’ Amazon’s is $193 billion (about 225 trillion won).
$6 billion is equivalent to 2% Musk’s assets and 3% Bezos’ assets.
President Beasley also tweeted on the 19th that Musk was tagged and said, “You made $6 billion in one day yesterday. That’s the correct amount to solve the catastrophe. Please help.”
He also suggested in a series of tweets, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Musk to save 42 million people from starvation for about $6 billion. This offer will expire soon. So is life.” .
“With many crises, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are knocking on the door of famine,” Beasley said in an interview.
“We’re running out of money, we can’t pay our employees, we don’t have fuel, so our trucks can’t run,” he added.
Meanwhile, according to a report released by the WFP on the 25th, about 22.8 million people, half of the population in Afghanistan, are currently facing a serious hunger crisis. In Ethiopia’s Tigrai region, where the civil war broke out, about 5.2 million people are in urgent need of food aid.