SNAPSHOT: Hunger strike

Staff and supporters from international development agency CAFOD joined David Blaine at Tower Bridge last Friday to draw attention to the problem of global hunger, while thousands of supporters across the country went without food for 24 hours as part of a fundraising fast.

In the 32 days since Blaine began his stunt, which involves going without food for 44 days while suspended in a glass box above the Thames, 768,000 people worldwide have died from starvation or malnutrition-related illness.

According to the UN World Food Programme, 24,000 people across the world die each day as a result of hunger. Friday's event aimed to draw attention to the one in seven people in the world who go to bed hungry, but who, unlike Blaine, do not have the choice but to fast.

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