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A study compiled by the Economic Institute of Cambodia, estimated that in 2005 businesses in Cambodia paid some $330 million (£170 million) to government agencies seeking bribes in exchange for delivering services. Only about 25% of potential tax revenues were collected in 2005, the study reported, adding that the potential loss in government revenue due to corruption could even reach $400 million.
World IssuesCambodian Herald - Issue 10
Colombia’s children are now safer thanks to a new bill approved after months of determined lobbying and tough negotiation. Children in the conflict torn country suffer high levels of domestic violence and abuse.

World IssuesTeartimes – Spring 2007
Worldwide, 1.2 billion people live below the poverty line and 16,000 children die each day from hunger related causes. The tragedy is closer to home than we think: at the turn of the millennium, just less than 1 in 4 people in the UK were living in poverty.

World IssuesSalvationist – 23rd September 2006
It is estimated that at least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide today. More than were enslaved throughout the entire period of the operation of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade some 450 years ago. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. 250 child trafficking cases were uncovered in the UK between 1987 and 2001. 35 child trafficking cases were found in 17 London boroughs in 2003. 500,000 women were trafficked into the EU in 1995.

World IssuesYouthwork – November 2006
Across the AIDS belt of East and Southern Africa there are some 12 million orphans.

World IssuesInspire Magazine – November 2006
A new study today reveals that almost half of the UK population take less than an hour rest period at work.
World IssuesSo Crispy – September 2006
Muslims view people from the West, especially the United States and Europe, as selfish, immoral and greedy. People from the United States and Europe view Muslims as arrogant, violent and intolerant. The deep divide between Muslims and the West was clearly illustrated in the findings of a new 15-country poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

World IssuesThe Associated Press – June 2006
One child has died from poverty, conflict or disease every three seconds since the leaders of the world’s richest nations met 11 months ago in Gleneagles.

World IssuesSalvationist – 17th June 2006
A report by Christian Aid predicted a that a staggering 182 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone could die of disease caused by climate change by the end of the century, while 150 million could become refugees due to rising sea levels, erosion and agricultural damage caused by global warming.

World IssuesThe Church of England Newspaper – 19th May 2006
Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. Around the world there are something like 175,000 people experiencing new birth every day.

World IssuesJoy Magazine – June 2006
Tanzania is a very poor country, with around 88% unemployment.

World IssuesSalvationist – 27th May 2006
According to Christian Relief and development charity Tearfund, European Union proposals for reforming world trade rules will harm poor countries, leading to job losses and environmental destruction.
World IssuesThe Baptist Times – 8th June 2006
The number of people being executed around the world dropped substantially last year. But at least 2,148 prisoners were executed, with another 20,000 on death row.

World IssuesThe Sentinel – 20th April 2006
Someone goes blind every 5 seconds – but the Bible in Braille exists in only 30 languages.

World IssuesYouth Work – April 2006
More than 300 million people in Africa do not have access to clean water and more than 44 million primary school aged children are not at school.

World IssuesLife and Work – March 2006
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