Valerie Trierweiler Focuses on Hunger, Not Hollande

Valerie Trierweiler First Lady France

France’s ex-First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler.
Image: Parti socialiste / Flickr CC

The past few weeks of press can’t have been fun for France’s now ex-First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler. She was hospitalized earlier this month for shock and depression following the release of photos of Hollande and his mistress in a tabloid. Then, on Saturday, after seven years together, the two split.

But in her first public appearance since the break-up, Trierweiler revealed a new focus for herself—hunger in India.

Arriving in Mumbai on Sunday, Trierweiler paid a visit to a pediatric ward and spent time with children there. She’s traveling with Action Against Hunger, which is an international humanitarian organization that is “committed to ending world hunger… [working] to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.”

Trierweiler visited with the children and talked with mothers about proper nutrition, saying that she couldn’t “stand that these children have fewer chances than others.”

“We should give the same chances to all.”

This new focus brings attention to an incredibly sad state of the world. In 2012, 42,000 severely malnourished children were treated in D.R. Congo along. Severe acute malnutrition affects about one billion people and 34 million children worldwide, according to AAH’s website. One million children under five die each year as a result.

Severe malnutrition particularly affects people living in Africa, India, and the Middle East. Global warming, unpredictable weather patterns, political upheavals, and global economic instability only add to the problems.

AAH has programs in 40 countries around the world, benefitting about 5 million people each year. Visit its website to learn what you can do to help fight hunger in the world.

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