EXTREME POVERTY: THE VALUE OF A HUMAN LIFE

September 3, 2011

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IS ALL LIFE VALUED EQUALLY? How do we value a human life? What criteria do we use? Is one life deemed more valuable than another based on a particular set of perimeters? At this point in time that would, unfortunately, seem to be the case. We tend to judge people for all the wrong reasons, and this… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN

August 26, 2011

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EXTREME POVERTY IS OFTEN THE SETTING FOR THE VERY WORST BEHAVIOR MANKIND IS CAPABLE OF. Because developing countries sometimes do not have the ability to govern or police themselves they are open to every type of abuse. Human rights are ignored and humanitarian efforts are blocked. People suffer endlessly at the hands of whoever has managed to… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: THE DEATH PENALTY

August 20, 2011

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THERE IS NO GREATER DECISION WE CAN MAKE THAN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT TO TAKE A HUMAN LIFE. Every society in the world has struggled with the moral and legal ramifications of using the death penalty. Most have either made the decision to ban it completely, or it is under a moratorium. Only 21% of the… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: WOULD YOU PREVENT A DEATH?

August 13, 2011

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  IF YOU KNEW IN ADVANCE THAT SOMEONE WAS GOING TO DIE, WOULD YOU TRY AND SAVE THEM?…TOMORROW YOU WILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY 30,000 TIMES. That is how many human beings will die from extreme poverty in the next 24 hours. Each one of them could be saved if we would only make the necessary… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: HUNGER IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

July 31, 2011

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THE CHALLENGE IS BEFORE US. You are a mother with three beautiful children. They are your life. You love them unconditionally with your entire being. However, you are confronted with a decision that no person should ever be forced to make. You must let one child die to save the other two …Could you do… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: GUNS

July 30, 2011

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TOO OFTEN POVERTY OCCURS AT THE POINT OF A GUN. Whether it’s all out war or localized armed conflicts, guns play a prominent role in spreading poverty rapidly over broad areas. One cannot help but be struck by the fact that in developing nations where children are decimated by hunger – there are guns. In regions… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: YOUR LEGACY

July 23, 2011

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WHEN YOUR LIFE IS OVER, WHAT WILL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED? What will you leave behind that is important? Why will it matter that you ever existed? We all face death – that sad fact is inevitable, but while we are alive we can live in such a way that we leave behind many great accomplishments that… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: NATIONALISM

July 16, 2011

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HUMANITARIANISM SUPERSEDES NATIONALISM. Everyone loves their country, but we can’t be blinded to the needs of the rest of the world by focusing exclusively on our own national interests. Nationalism is too often used as an excuse not to help those who seem different from us. No matter what form of government a country might… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: DISTANCE

July 9, 2011

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THE EASE WITH WHICH WE ACCEPT THE INJUSTICE OF EXTREME POVERTY INCREASES WITH DISTANCE. When we see an accident happen and we think there might be someone hurt we are compelled to see if we can offer assistance. If we are out in public and someone collapses we rush to their side to do what we… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: WESTERN CONSUMERISM

July 2, 2011

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NOTHING IN THE WEST SYMBOLIZES GREED, CONSUMPTION AND MATERIALISM MORE THAN A SHOPPING MALL. From the moment you step into the perfect climate controlled environment and come face to face with an elaborate fountain, wasting thousands of gallons of water, you are struck by everything that is wrong with our society. The artificial nature of this… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: TWO LIVES

June 26, 2011

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  Thank God the little girl was not present when it happened. Naledi had been playing with her friends on the other side of the encampment so she knew nothing about it until she returned to her area and saw the crowd of people gathered around the small shack she shared with her mother. Even… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: COLLATERAL DAMAGE

June 18, 2011

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  COLLATERAL DAMAGE IS THE “ACCIDENTAL” MURDER OF INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Tragically, collateral damage is considered an acceptable part of the foreign policy of individual nations as well as international organizations. When it is felt that the time is appropriate, bombs and missiles are unleashed with the full knowledge that defenseless children are going to be blown to… [Read more…]

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ILLITERACY IN EXTREME POVERTY

June 11, 2011

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AS YOU READ THIS SENTENCE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING THAT MORE THAN 900 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD CANNOT DO.   It is discouraging that almost one billion human beings cannot read or write. Not surprisingly, 98% of those who are illiterate live in developing nations. That is because poverty robs those who are trapped in its… [Read more…]

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EXTREME POVERTY: ONE HUMANITY

June 5, 2011

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WE LIVE IN AN IMAGINARY WORLD OF OUR OWN MAKING. We have divided the earth into countries, territories and regions, while at the same time we have divided ourselves into nationalities, ethnic groups, tribes and clans. And what is the point of all this? Why does the human race feel compelled to constantly make life… [Read more…]

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN EXTREME POVERTY

May 29, 2011

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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE MUST BE ELIMINATED IF WE ARE TO HAVE A WORLD WITHOUT EXTREME POVERTY. It can begin with a quick slap to the face and end with a vicious beating that leaves a woman physically impaired…Or it can start with an inappropriate touch that leads to a brutal rape which leaves the victim… [Read more…]

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THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME

May 21, 2011

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In a war zone filled with armed conflict a small child sits in the dirt and cries out in a frail halting voice. Tears stream down her face, her stomach is bloated and her skin is cracked and bleeding as she tells the world, in the only way she can, that she is hungry…But this is… [Read more…]

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