Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
Exodus 22:21-27, Faith in Action Study Bible
In September 2000, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets – with a deadline of 2015 – that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. There were three goals related to eradication of global poverty:
- Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the number of people whose income is less than $1 a day.
- Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
- Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
It is sad still, that in 2008, 80% of the world’s population lived on $10/day, and half the world’s population lived on $2.50/day.
Find out more: Check out the UN’s Millenium Development Goals, and write to your local MP, asking what they are doing to ensure that they meet the 2015 deadline.
Edit: 16 Oct, 7.35pm. Forgot the Video. Now included. Wonderful song, People Need the Lord