Make Poverty History

Wednesday 15 October 2008 2 responses

African American Flood Victims Lined Up to Get Food and Clothing From Red Cross Relief Station by Margaret Bourke-White
African American Flood Victims Lined Up to Get Food and Clothing From Red Cross Relief Station
From the archives of LIFE magazine

Make Poverty History

Poverty, a word, A cause
A journey with no applause

So many speak, too few listen
Pound in the tin, Conscience in pocket

A cudgel taken up on my behalf
They take my voice, Ignore my words

Level the scales balance the need
Enough for everyone No time for greed

The latest dance, do you hear the rhythm?
Do you know the rhyme?

Words that explode, none of them are mine
Poverty to History, Injustice will not confine

Make poverty History’ sounds so divine
If it sooths your conscience, fine

I should be grateful shouldn’t I?
Not raise questions, but learn to die

Sweet charity, Blind Indifference
Do you know me, Can you see me
Will you hear me

Adrian Wait
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World Poverty for Dummies
Discover the causes and effects of poverty — and how you can make a difference.
Worldwide, 2.74 billion people survive on less than US$2 a day, and each day, nearly 30,000 children die from illnesses that are either preventable or can easily be cured. But you can make a difference. With World Poverty For Dummies, you’ll find out about the building blocks of poverty, as well as its varying causes and manifestations in different regions around the world. Most importantly, you’ll also discover what you can do — from changing your consumer choices or lobbying your government, to becoming an aid worker.
World Poverty For Dummies covers:
The geography of poverty
The shadows of the past, such as colonialism and the slave trade
Conflict and natural disasters
The cult of bribery, corruption and theft
The impact of aid, trade rules, world markets and debt
Hunger and thirst, education, and women and poverty
About the Author:
Sarah Marland is campaign manager at Amnesty International Australia.
Lindsay Rae is head of learning and culture within the Policy and Programs Group at World Vision Australia.
Ashley Clements is a former advocacy officer for World Vision Australia and is now working as an aid worker in the Middle East.
Adam Valvasori is campaign manager at The Body Shop Australia, and developed World Vision Australias youth website (

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2 responses: to “ Make Poverty History so far...

  • Mariuca 22.10.08

    Hi Kim! Here to give u some comment love for this post and to drop off Mariuca for the day! Have a good one! :):):)

  • Kim 23.10.08

    oh thanks Mariuca...
    I'm afraid poor PoeARTica gets neglected a fair bit :)
    have a lovely Thursday :) :)