Op-Ed: Don’t be a bystander. What you can do to help get aid to the millions at risk of famine
A woman holds the hands of her malnourished daughter inside a medical tent last year in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. (Ben Curtis / Associated Press)
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Op-Ed: Don’t be a bystander. What you can do to help get aid to the millions at risk of famine


Last month, in the middle of the day on a busy street in the Italian town of Civitanova Marche, Alika Ogorchukwu, a Nigerian street vendor, was attacked and killed by a man using his bare hands. Although the police were called, and someone filmed the attack, no one intervened. Amid general outrage, an editorial in the Italian newspaper La Stampa took this as a sign that we are in “the twilight of civilization.” As psychology experiments have shown, an individual is less likely to come to the aid of another if they can see that other people who could help are not doing so.

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