As many as 8 million children die every year from malnutrition and preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, measles and malaria. Image courtesy of Sujin Jetkasettakorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
One in eight of the worlds people does not get adequate nutrition.
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich mans table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich mans table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.
In our region, Australia is the rich man and Lazarus is at our gate.
Australia is a prosperous nation. The global financial crisis of 2007–2008 devastated many countries but it did not have such a catastrophic effect on Australia. Our economy is strong. Phill Danze / Shutterstock.com
Around 20% of the worlds poor live in countries near us: in East and South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Developing countries are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. On average, a disaster will claim the lives of 1052 people in the poorest countries compared with 23 people in the developed world.
3. Indigenous people By Steve Evans [CC by 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
There are approximately 370 million Indigenous people worldwide. Together they make up around 5% of the worlds population, yet they constitute up to 15% of the worlds poor.
Disabilities are both a cause and consequence of poverty. People living with a disability make up around 15% of the worlds population and about 20% of the very poorest in the world.
5. People who are displaced By PH1 Robert R. McRill [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In 2012, as a country like Pakistan struggled to accommodate 1,600,000 refugees… Australias political leaders and media whipped up hysteria over the arrival of 17,000 asylum seekers in Australian waters.
Our response The depth and breadth of poverty that still exists in our world calls us to action. Villagers in Timor-Leste working on a new water-supply project
The struggle against destitution... is not enough. It is a question, rather, of building a world where every person… can live a fully human life … and where the poor man Lazarus can sit down at the same table with the rich man. Pope Paul VI
Will you share your voice your wealth your resources your time? We have the power to bring about change
Pick up the leaflet Ten Steps towards solidarity …for practical suggestions www.acsjc.org.au
To read more about ending world poverty, pick up a copy of the Social Justice Statement for 2013-2014 www.acsjc.org.au
Acknowledgements: www.garyradler.com www.freedigitalphotos.net www.dreamstime.com www.shutterstock.com www.aapimage.aap.com.au Caritas Australia Helen Kearins rsm Sarah MacRaild Australian Catholic Social Justice Council