Key Quotes for 2005

Key Quotes for 2005

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
Recent research commissioned by the Commission on Urban Life and Faith shows that, while 70% of young people who live in urban areas said they felt life was worth living, 52% said they often feel depressed and 27% have sometimes considered taking their own life.

Young PeopleChristian Herald – 10th September 2005
It is predicted that by 2010 some 40% of British homes will be single-person homes, making the single person household the predominant household unit.
FamilyThe Church of England Newspaper – 9th September 2005
The proportion of women aged 18 to 49 who are married has declined continuously since 1979, from almost three-quarters (74%) to less than one half (49%) in 2002. During this same period, the proportion of single women has more than doubled from 18% in 1979 to 38% in 2002.

Social IssuesThe Church of England Newspaper – 9th September 2005
In the Central American nation of Honduras there are more than 300,000 children that now leave school to go to work, and beg 60% of them beg on the streets to feed their families.
World IssuesThe Universe – 11th September 2005
Scotland Yard figures show religiously motivated crimes going up 600% to 269 in a three and a half week period following the bombings of London. This compares to 40 for the same period last year. There were 68 attacks in three days following the bombings.

Religious PersecutionThe Universe – 11th September 2005
In the past 20 years in Scotland, adoption applications have fallen from 1,000 a year to less than 400, while 6,500 children are in local authority care.

FamilyThe Universe – 11th September 2005
In southern Mississippi, 20% of Catholic churches and a third of Church schools have been destroyed due to the terror of hurricane Katrina.
Disasters/WarThe Universe – 11th September 2005
Since 1992, more than 300,000 children may have perished during the conflict in Afghanistan. Of 300 children surveyed, 72% experienced the death of a relative and nearly all witnessed acts of violence, while two thirds had seen dead bodies or parts of bodies.

Disasters/WarThe Baptist Times – 1st September 2005

There are more than 600 million small arms and light weapons in the world today, and a further eight million more produced every year.

World IssuesThe Baptist Times – 1st September 2005
Thirty six to fifty four children, including girls and kids with mental disabilities are jailed with adult prisoners everyday in the Philippines. Child prisoners numbered 6,410 in 1998, 8,623 in 1997, and 7,057 in 1996.

World IssuesJust Right – September 2005
In Bangladesh, 20,000 girls a year are trafficked to Indian and Middle Eastern cities. That’s one million girls under the age of 25 in the last 30 years. It is estimated that between 60,000 and 80,000 men buy sex each day in Calcutta alone.

SexThe Church of England Newspaper – 2nd September 2005
Guatemala is a dangerous place for women, according to a report by Amnesty International, with more being murdered and abused, the numbers rising from 222 recorded murders in the whole of 2001 to 225 in the first five months of 2005. More than one a day. Fewer than one in ten of these murders has been investigated.
The Toybox Charity – October / November 2005
Baptist church attendance is forecast to decline at a rate of 1.4% per year, the Methodist Church will see a drop of 6.8%, the Church of England 2.5%, and the Catholic Church 2.9%.
CrimeThe Baptist Times – 8th September 2005
In a survey of 1,500 employers and employees, 96% of office workers admitted to fibbing rather than facing the consequences of a mistake. 86% of bosses stated they knew when their employees were fibbing. The odd white lie, however, is generally excused, with 72% of managers admitting that they overlook the occasional bluff from otherwise hardworking staff. However, 92% of employers say that, if constant, little white lies erode the trust necessary for good working relationships.
Work/EmploymentThe War Cry – 10th September 2005
More than two million motorists in the UK are putting their lives at risk by never checking their tyre pressures or tread.

Odd FactsThe War Cry – 10th September 2005
A recent NOP Automotive survey found that 7% of motorists check their tyres only once a year, 13% make checks only when on a long journey and 15% of women never check their tyres at all. The figures are worrying as 6% of all fatal motorway accidents are caused by the sudden failure of under-inflated tyres, and worn tyres contribute to 10% of accidents in wet conditions.
Odd FactsThe War Cry – 10th September 2005
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