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McCallion welcomes launch of 'Coming Home - Art and the Great Hunger' exhibition

18 January, 2019 - by Elisha McCallion

Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed the launch of the 'Coming Home - Art and the Great Hunger' exhibition at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. 

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, the Foyle MP said: 

"It is particularly fitting that this exhibition is here in Derry – a major point of emigration where so many people left, forced to flee hunger and their homes to make perilous journeys across the world. 

"The Great Hunger, An Gorta Mór, shaped our country's history and psyche like no other event. 

"But of course, The Great Hunger is not just something from history books. Unfortunately, around the world, millions of people are dealing with their own Great Hungers. 

"Famine is still used as a weapon of war and a tool of oppression. And just as in Ireland in the 1840s, it is the most vulnerable and those most in need who are suffering. 

"In East Africa, South Sudan and Yemen millions are suffering as a result of famine. In Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia many more are also dying as a result of food and water shortages. 

"And just as so many people left these shores fleeing hunger, today across the world people are being forced to flee hunger, genocide and persecution, risking death and exploitation. 

"Urgent international action is needed to address the unacceptable crisis of the Great Hungers around the world today. 

“The cause is the same, profit, imperialism, capitalism and uncaring governments. But the outcome doesn't have to be the same. We can and must do something about it.”

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