Taipei (AsiaNews) - About 3,000 people from
13 Catholic schools, a parish and three public schools took part on Saturday in
a march titled 'End hunger, walk the world' (終止飢餓，為愛而走,
"zhong zi ji er, wei ai er zou"), which is part of a World Food Programme (WFP) campaign involving thousands of students around
the world to raise awareness about inequality, poverty and hunger.
Dai Xuhong (戴旭紅), a student from Hong
Kong who is studying in Taipei for a semester to improve her level of Mandarin,
is happy that she could take part in the march against hunger twice this year.
"In Hong Kong, we celebrated the event
three months ago, on 6 June. We came out in great numbers," she said. "It was a
great success. We raised a lot of money to help poor families, especially in Africa.
Here in Taipei, I was able to walk with many young people united by so
important an issue."
More than 2,000 students had
pre-registered for the march, but organisers estimated that 3,000 people were
ready to go at the starting line at Guang ren (光仁)
High School in Banqiao (板橋)
Prof Wu was upbeat about the great
response among the 260 students from the Blessed Imelda Girls High School (靜修女中), the city's oldest
Catholic school, which is run by Dominican sisters.
"Our students decided to walk with
students from other schools, make new friends and work to fight hunger by
raising funds for those who are hungry," Prof Wu said. "Students who had
already registered for the march brought friends, but especially parents and
relatives. The day thus saw a large crowd, united by this cause."
In the morning, rain threatened to
disrupt the march, but the weather held out until its end.
"The rain would not have discouraged our
students anyway," said Prof Chen, principal in a public school. "The kids were
eager to take part in an international event and for such important cause. What
is rain compared to hunger?"
Funds raised were divided between Caritas,
which will distribute the money in Sudan, and the Sisters of St Marta (聖瑪爾大修女會) in Hualian and the
Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Cross (聖十架慈愛修女會)
in Taidung, on the south-eastern coast of Taiwan, who will help local needy families.
On Sunday, raising awareness about suffering
continued on a different theme. Some students publicised a documentary about
domestic violent, 'A quiet life' (平安好日子, pingan hao
rizi), which was projected for free in some theatres in Taipei attracting a fair
number of spectators.
"Some facts are so ugly, you wouldn't
want to talk about them," a college student said. "However, the only way of exposing
them is to make everyone conscious that they exist," she added, "reacting with
consequence at both the legal and human level, never accepting physical or
psychological subordination of any kind."