The United Nations Civil Assistance Team helped the hungry and sick during the conflict. Koreans lost their homes, food supply, and practically everything. They were totally dependent on this humanitarian aid.
One of the members of the UN team was Major Charles Arnold, a U.S. Army veteran from Cincinnati. His team worked on a island that was now home to thousands of war refugees from both North and South Korea.
The feeding stations Arnold’s team set up were life-savers to children suffering from hunger. The UN provided free meals to children of rice and milk.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, “After only a few weeks of this milk-and-rice diet you could actually see the children’s cheeks fill out and a healthy sparkle come to their eyes.”
Today, people at home on their computers can do the same thing Major Arnold’s team did and provide free rice. You go online to Freerice.com and play this game that benefits the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest food aid organization.
At FreeRice.com you answer trivia questions on numerous subjects. Each answer you get right means 10 grains of rice donated to WFP, paid for by advertisers. WFP is currently using the rice for school feeding programs in drought-stricken Niger. The UN food agency depends entirely on donations from governments, the public, and fundraisers like FreeRice.
The fight against hunger during the Korean War and its aftermath featured international cooperation among world governments. It meant emergency life-saving food aid, but then, even after the fighting had stopped, aid was given to rebuild.
Citizens also came through by buying CARE packages. The soldiers themselves purchased supplies for the refugees. The New York Times reported how the Minneapolis Police and Fire departments sent powdered milk to one of the UN Civil Assistance teams. The commander, Colonel Harry Mayfield, remarked that if only they could get 400 organizations like that sending supplies they could take care of this crisis as a whole.
That is in essence what it takes, many contributors to fight hunger. The age of the Internet has created new ways to be a humanitarian hero every day. FreeRice is one of those.