My name is Joy Mwakisambi and I’m an Action Aid Activista from Kenya and am so happy to be here in the UK and most of all to participate in the IF campaign.
My time here in the UK and my involvement in this campaign has been really amazing. It has been really great, being involved at the heart of the whole campaign, and it was really an honour being able to talk to people about the real situation from the ground and the hunger situation back at home; how my neighbours and my friends and their children have had to go through.
I am very thankful for this opportunity because it gave me a platform to be the voice of the poor, the children who suffer from malnutrition, stunted growth and the many mothers who have lost their children because of hunger, and most of all my neighbours and my friends who have encountered this monster.
The Big IF Campaign at Hyde Park on the 8th was the crowning moment of all our efforts so far, approximately 45,000 people attended. These were people who didn’t come because it was a beautiful sunny day, but because they were part and parcel of the change they wanted to see, the change of making hunger history.
I believe we were successful in making ourselves heard. I hope that as a result of what we all helped make happen, children are going to have their right to food and enjoy their play time because they will have enough food and they will grow uphealthily. That the nights will feel shorter because there is no waking up in the middle of the night and scratching yourself because there is nothing in your stomach.
My eyes a filled with tears of happiness because on this particular day it was not about what colour you were, how smartly dressed you were or how much money you had. Everyone left their titles, skin colour, financial status and every other single thing you can think of at home. They were one people, God’s creation, fighting for the rights of others who had sadly been denied their right to survival.
We should not stop, we should not quit, we should stand together as one creation and keep the pressure on the G8 leaders until they live up to their promises. Together as one let’s make change.