Key Quotes for 2002

Key Quotes for 2002

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
If the population of the world was just 100 people: 57 would be Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Americas and 8 Africans, 52 would be female and 48 would be male, 70 would be white and 30 non-white, 89 would be hetrosexual and 11 homosexual, 30 would be Christian and 70 non-Christian, 6 would have 59% of the World's wealth, 80 would live in sub-standard housing, 70 would be illiterate, 50 would suffer from malnutrition.
justright - the Jubilee Action magazine
I expect to pass through this world but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not come this way again.
Elizabeth Fry - justright - the Jubilee Action magazine
The Palestinian Christian is an endangered species. When the modern state of Israel was established there were about 400,000 of us. Two years ago the number was down to 80,000. Now it's down to 60,000. At this rate, in a few years there will be none of us left.
Professor Abe Ata - Christian Herald
Churches remain a crucial part of the life in the countryside, and continue to make a real impact in people's lives, a new report has found. It says that in communities of 200 people or fewer the local church attracts a high proportion of the population - in some cases more than 40% - for important services such as harvest festival. At Christmas the very smallest of churches have an average of 29 attenders, representing more than 30% of the population.
Christian Herald
It is a tragedy that only about 3,000 children a year are adopted from an estimated 60,000 in local authority care. Of these "looked after" children in England, 70% leave school at 16 without any qualifications, and 67% have a mental health problem.
Christian Herald
In 1998, the city of Birmingham decided to rename the Christmas holiday 'Winterval'. Birmingham's City Council reasoned that since most people in the city practised no religious belief - and many of those who did were non-Christian - it would make sense to have a more generic holiday.
The Plain Truth
Britain topped the world league for asylum applications last year with 92,000 individual claims, according to UN figures.

One in 20 of the population of London is either seeking asylum or is a refugee - up to 400,000 people, according to MigrationWatch UK.

Only one in ten asylum seekers processed in Britain last year was judged to be a genuine refugee.

Around 97,500 asylum claims were processed and rejected last year, but barely 9,000 failed applicants were sent home.

The legal aid bill for helping asylum seekers and immigrants spiralled last year to 138million.
MigrationWatch UK/United Nations/National Audit Office/Home Office - as printed in the Daily Mail
The staggering American record industry statistic that in the crucial 16-24 age group, it's hip-hop/rap that accounts for 30% of "music bought in the last 12 months" (compared with rock - 16%, alternative - 11%, pop and dance - 10% and R&B - 8%).
Cross Rhythms magazine
The Old City of Jerusalem where Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead, has been described as one of the poorest and most densely populated areas in the world. Most of the city houses are not connected to sewerage systems and cannot access healthcare venues readily. The situation has grown worse in the past four months, reaching its worst in the past few weeks....As for the residents, the report indicated a high level of illiteracy. Only 60% of youngsters have finished preliminary school.
Scottish Catholic Observer - Issue Friday November 22, 2002
With 3000 hostages seized in 2001, Columbia has the highest rate in the world...Throughout the decades the Columbian Church has remained at the heart of efforts to help mediate the release of prisoners and end internal conflict. Since 1990, one archbishop, one bishop, 43 priests, two monks and two missionaries have been murdered in Columbia. Three bishops and eight priests have been kidnapped and eight bishops, three nuns and 12 priests have received death threats.
Scottish Catholic Observer - Issue Friday November 22, 2002
In the 1990's, the primary purpose of Christmas was seen as an opportunity to meet with family and friends by 36% of people, a religious festival by 28% of people, eating, drinking, other by 17% and as a holiday by 19% of people.
Peter Brierley - Christian Research As printed in Christian Marketplace
The Eating Disorder Association has estimated that around 90,000 people are currently receiving treatment for eating disorders.

The combined estimate for people diagnosed and undiagnosed with an eating disorder in the UK is an astounding 1.15 million.

The average age of those suffering the onset of anorexia nervosa is between 16 and 18, whereas for bulimia it is between 18 and 21.
Third Way
Christian Aid have reported that around 15 million people are at risk from the latest of a series of droughts to hit Ethiopia. Andrew Pendleton, their spokesman claims that this crisis is the result of long term failure to tackle endemic poverty in the North African country. Up to 30 million Ethiopians, equivalent to half the population of Britain are chronically poor.
Baptist Times
Poverty and unemployment have been suggested as the reasons behind the huge explosion in the number of charismatic churches in Zambia during the past 10 years.
Christian Herald
Children living without their biological fathers are more likely to be in poverty, in poor health, homeless, suffering physical, emotional or sexual abuse...Teenagers without their fathers are more likely to be teen parents, to offend, to smoke, to take drugs, to play truant, to face exclusion, to leave school early...Young adults who grow up not living with their fathers are more likely to be unemployed, to have low incomes, to experience homelessness, to go to jail, to enter and disolve cohabiting unions and to have children themselves outside marriage.
Briefing Paper - Institute for the Study of Civil Society As printed in Christian Herald
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