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  • Floods devastate millions of lives - and not just in Queensland.

    Posted by Gershon

    1 February, 2011

    As 75% of Queensland is declared a national disaster zone due to the flooding that is now inundating the state, other regions across the globe are being wracked by similar catastrophes. Queensland is in the midst of the most severe floods it has experienced since 1974, with 18 lives already lost and dozens more missing. Roads have been closed, businesses shut down, rail lines cut and homes destroyed by the rising waters. As Australians our heart naturally goes out to our fellow countrymen whose lives are being thrown into turmoil by this disaster. Indeed many, like myself, have a particular and personal concern for family and friends that are being directly affected by the flood waters (some reading this may even be victims of the flood themselves). It is always heart wrenching to see those close to home face such tragedy. As Christians concerned about global justice, it's worth taking a moment to expand our net of empathy to also consider others across the world that are undergoing similar trials. Colombia Colombia is still trying to recover from what… read more

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  • Christians most 'powerful agents to eradicate global poverty'

    Posted by Amanda

    19 January, 2011

    Micah International joined Micah UK in handing over 11,000 pledges to halve poverty to Parliament The promises were made by tens of thousands of churchgoers across Britain on 10.10.10 as part of What's Your Promise? the UK chapter of Micah's 10.10.10 Campaign. On that iconic date an estimated 60 million Christians around the world stood together in prayer to remember the poor. These very promises were handed over to MPs on January 25 in a committee room of the House of Commons. This marked the culmination of a campaign that seeks to remind countries of their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Click here to read the rest of this report from Micah International. read more

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  • What is Advocacy?

    Posted by Micah

    13 January, 2011

    Advocay is something that happens at a grassroots level all over the world. Here's a story from Cambodia. In the book Daughter of the Killing Fields, Theary Seng tells the horrifying story of herfamily's flight from Pol Pot's Cambodia. The book includes an account of her great Aunt and Uncle's unsuccessful attempt to enter Thailand. Having reached the Thai-Cambodiaborder, Aunt Nan and Uncle An are part of a group of refugees met by Thai soldierswho are determined to force them back. At gunpoint group is herded to the top of amountain and told to start heading down into Cambodian territory. The valley floor isriddled with landmines. From atop the mountain An and Nan hear the thunder ofexploding landmines when refugees sent back before them step on the burieddeathtraps. One family refuse to move. The father is shot through the head, and whenthe rest of the family start to run, they too are mown down by bullets. With the stenchof death and fear around them, An and Nan reluctantly accept their fate. They headtoward the valley floor, treading over the corpses of… read more

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  • Better Aid

    Posted by Micah

    10 January, 2011

    There are, of course, many ways aid can continue to be improved. But these achievements are outstanding changes to the way Australian aid is focused. Catalyst believes the overriding reasons Australia should give aid is to reduce poverty. Historically, this has not always been the case. During the Cold War, for example, much aid was given for political purposes. In recent years the Australia aid program has seen many improvements. • Reducing poverty is now identified as the primary purpose of the aid program; • Australian aid is no longer 'tied'. This means that recipient countries are no longer required to spend aid dollars on goods and services provided by Australian companies; • An Office of Aid Effectiveness has been created. This Government unit examines the effectiveness of Australian aid and recommends ways to increase effectiveness. The first report was produced in 2008 and identified some key areas to address; • The Millennium Development Goals have been adopted by the Australian Government as a key framework for directing aid. This means that as aid… read more

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