Oxfam ‘dinner plate’ campaign demo at Spitalfields targets G8 summit

Aishah Begum at Oxfam's 'dinner plate' demo in Spitalfields

Aishah Begum at Oxfam's 'dinner plate' demo in Spitalfields - Credit: Oxfam

Youth activists designed their own dinner plates at the Old Spitalfields Market to start a campaign to end world hunger aimed at G8 leaders.

They are urging the G8 summit being staged in London in June to take action to end global want.

Oxfam Youth Action members created decorative plates with messages about hunger when they turned up at Spitalfields last Sunday, asking diners at the market’s fashionable food court for support by being photographed with the design of their choice.

The plates are being sent to Parliament in time for the summit, when the world’s most powerful leaders meet.

“We live in such a developed world, yet there are people who still don’t have enough to eat,” said 18-year-old campaigner Aishah Begum (pictured) from Mile End. “The action was one of many to help highlight world hunger.”

A billion people go to bed hungry every night, with two million children dying of malnutrition every year, according to Oxfam.

The charity has joined Save the Children, Christian Aid and other organisations to launch their campaign ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’, which is calling for global action “so everyone on the planet has enough food to live”.