Musician and activist Yoko Ono, the widow of Beatles legend John Lennon, said that it was her experience during the bomb raids in World War II that has spurred her on to fight against childhood hunger around the world. The WhyHunger organization has asked to use Lennon’s iconic song, Imagine, for their “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign, and Ono believes he would be happy to see the song used for this cause.
“My husband and I really wanted to do something for the world, especially for the children,” she shared during the launch of the campaign at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. She said that sometimes, children have pride too that they would not beg for food, but in fact “they are in pain and they are starving.” The campaign is to raise support for the organization’s child nutrition and sustainable farming programs in 22 countries worldwide. Taiwanese rock band MayDay was also at the event to support WhyHunger and played their version of probably Lennon’s most popular song away from the Beatles.
Although Ono was born into a wealthy family, during World War II, like most Japanese at that time, she also experienced hunger as they fled from Tokyo’s almost daily bombings. She shared that she knew a lot of people who either starved to death or died from eating poisonous mushrooms that they found in the hills. “I remember being hungry and I know it’s so difficult to just be hungry,” she said. She also says that as she turns 81 in three months, she’s using the fact that she’s gaining power and wisdom to help out in projects like this.
[ via AP ]