Wednesday, 15 October 2008

IN POVERTY


Finally the news everyone had been anticipating for sometime broke to day. Madonna and Guy Ritchie are to divorce. Immediately speculation has mounted as to the extent of the financial settlement which will be agreed or else determined by a court. One thing is for certain, neither will be in the position of having to worry how to meet their utility bills or buy shoes for the children.

It isn’t always the case and in most marriage break-ups the simple truth is that the income that kept one household can’t keep two households to the same standard. Fortunately that doesn’t mean that divorced families live in poverty, however hard their situations might seem.

Every day 25,000 people die as a result of malnourishment, and illnesses such as chronic dysentery, pneumonia, tuberculosis and aids are all rife in the most poverty stricken areas of the world

Sadly and sometimes to properly understand our predicament we do have to make comparisons and realise that there is always someone worse off than we are. The bills might be stacking up but how many people in the UK today are actually suffering from starvation or going unshod or unclothed? In the Third World it is a very different story. I urge everyone to make some gesture to help. If you feel you have no money to donate to a worthwhile fund to relieve poverty, don’t fret; sit still and click here and/or here to give help without even dipping into your pocket or leaving your PC.

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