Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Thursday 22nd August
 
Whenever images of famine-stricken countries appear on TV screens, most people respond with pity and generosity. The fact that, according to Unicef data, every three seconds a child under the age of five dies of poverty-related causes is something that distresses comfortable Britons. Statistics about world poverty are shocking. The UN says that almost half the world's population live on less than $2 a day.
World IssuesThe War Cry May 24th 2008
 
Curious gaps in clouds may provide early warning of an earthquake. Researchers spotted unusual cloud formations above an active fault in Iran before 2 large earthquakes struck the region.
World IssuesThe Sentinel April 10th 2008
 
In 2001, reports started to emerge about children being trafficked from their homes in the countries of Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso into neighbouring Ivory Coast and its many cocoa plantations. “They were not being paid, but were subjected to the worst forms of child labour,” says Phil Lane, Europe projects director for Stop the Traffik.
World IssuesIdea May/June 2008
 
Millions of women and children in the developing world walk miles every day to fetch 20 litres of water, barely enough to meet their family’s basic needs. This gruelling task often takes all day; the weight of the water buckets these women carry is the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance. And after all that work, the water is often contaminated and deadly. Globally, an estimated 1.1 billion people live without access to safe wate. And every 20 seconds a child dies from diseases related to drinking dirty water. Labelling this an outrage, Samaritian’s Purse UK has launched Turn On The Tap, encouraging organistions, churches, schools and individuals to hold a four-mile walk on or around 10 May.
World IssuesIdea May/June 2008
 
The first ever Bible to highlight more than 2,000 passages about poverty and injustice has been launched by Bible Society. The Rt. Rev. Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham and Bible Society’s president, said “The imbalance of global wealth, famine, water shortages, exploitation and corruption are all issues that invoke outrage – and demand attention. But ‘The Poverty and Justice Bible’ shows that, in speaking out on these issues, God got there first”
World IssuesChristianity - April 2008
 
Research by relief and development agency Tearfund has found that more than 70 countries are incapable of meeting the Millennium Development Goal of providing adequate sanitation by 2015. The Sanitation Scandal reports that at its current rate of progress sub-Sahara Africa would take more than 60 years to halve the number of people who don’t have basic sanitation.
World IssuesThe War Cry - 5TH April 2008
 
During a meeting in 10 Downing Street, Gordon Brown asked church leaders to help the government achieve its poverty targets. One leader at the table was Alliance General Director Joel Edwards, who also serves as international chairman of Micah Challenge, the global movement urging Christians to act against poverty. “This meeting with Gordon Brown was an exciting experience which leaves me very positive for the future,” Edwards said. “Mr Brown has shown commitment to the millennium Development Goals [to halve poverty by 2015] in the past, but it was wonderful to have a face-to-face invitation asking us to work with him on this.
World IssuesIdea - January/February 2008.
 
Trafficking of humans for sexual exploitation has become a major problem in the UK, and is now a key issue for national law enforcement agencies, according to a recent conference at the UK Human Trafficking centre (UKHTC) in Sheffield. It is estimated that more than 4,000 women and children are trafficked into the UK each year, the majority coming from Eastern Europe, West Africa, and South-East Asia. They are promised jobs more money and a better way of life, however in reality they are forced to work as prostitutes, controlled by criminal gangs making vast profits out of trading them.
World IssuesJust Right - Issue 18.
 
Stop the Traffik, the global campaign against people trafficking led by Rev Steve Chalke, delivered a 1 million-signature petition to the United Nations in February, calling for more to be done to fight the practice.
The declaration also marked the launch of the Stop the Traffik Global fund, which will raise millions of pounds to give to grassroots projects working to stop trafficking and help victims.
World IssuesChristianity - March 2008
 
Kenya held elections on December 27, which resulted in rioting and scores of people shot dead. People in Kenya have told EN that they believed that the actual results showed President Kibaki’s party took just 38 seats while the opposition leader Raila Odinga’s party took 130 seats. Nevertheless, declaring different ‘official’ results, Kabaki was sworn in for a second term in office at State House.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now February 2008
 
Amnesty International is asking it’s supporters to prostest to the authorities in Equatroial New Guinea at the detention of a woman in a prison cell with up to 100 men. The human rights group said that Brigida Asongsua Elo, who has not been charged or brought before a court, is sharing a cell with no privacy or toilet facilities.
World IssuesThe War Cry - 23rd February 2008
 
Data released by UNAIDS shows that, while globally the percentage of people living with HIV has levelled and the number of new infections has fallen, an estimated 33.2 million are living with HIV. The agency also calculates that 2.1 million people have already died this year of Aids.
World IssuesThe War Cry - December 2007
 
The Beijing Olympics organising committee has denied published reports that athletes will be banned from bringing bibles with them into the olympic village. Li Zhanjun, the director of the Bejing Olympics media centre stated the Bible ban was an "international distortion of the truth". However, Chinese emigre organisations report the government has issued instructions to the security forces to ensure that religious and poitical dissent is quashed before the start of next summer's games.
World IssuesChurch Of England newspaper - November 2007
 
Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, is set to run out of water, the British relief agency tearfund reports. Four out of the five resevoirs that supply the city of 1.5 million have run dry, and the government has refused to come to the people's aid unless the opposition led Bulawayo city council turns over the city's water department to the control of the Zimbabwe National water authority. 'Churches in Blawayo' an interfaith alliance, has stepped in with the support of the city by setting up water tanks at churches to supply patable water fot the city's residents: a solution that observers see as too little too late.
World IssuesChurch Of England newspaper - November 2007
 
A Christian development agency is calling for Western nations to repay thier "Carbon debt to the developing world" to help poorer countries tackle global warming. In a new report by Christian Aid, the annual bill for developed countries to help emerging nations cut greenhouse gasses and focus on sustainable development would run into billions of pounds. It estimates that the cost for the UK could come to at least £25 billion, while the EU would have to pay £164 billion and the US £198 billion, having used an economic framework by American climate think tank EcoEquity to reach these figures.
World IssuesChurch Of England newspaper - November 2007
 
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