On 26 October, a strong earthquake occurred in the hills of Northern Afghanistan. It was rated 7.5 on Richter Magnitude Scale. The nearby countries such as Pakistan and India were also affected. The buildings there were noticeably shaken, some even fell down. Citizens had to run for cover. The earthquake had caused over a thousand deaths so far, including the deaths caused when students of a school in the Takhar Province of Afghanistan ran over each other as they escaped. The earthquake was a deep earthquake, and it did not begin with strong force initially. This fortunately gave the residents a chance to escape and mitigated the disaster. Yet, after the earthquake there was widespread disruption to electricity and communication, and the affected areas are located on remote areas on the hills. The roads in some areas were blocked by landslide which affected the rescue effort.
The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 set 2015 as the target year. On 25 September 2015, the United Nations adopted a new set of 17 global goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the MGDs. SDGs aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
An Alert for an Integral Response was raised on 30th September 2015 for increasing food insecurity in East Africa, with Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan especially affected. Extreme weather patterns, caused by a particularly strong El Niño, are causing floods and droughts in many regions of the world. The implications of these weather extremes are life threatening for millions of people in majority world countries who are dependent on agriculture and fishing …
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
After watching the Indian movie “PK”, many of my friends (whether Christian or not) praised it for being realistic and emotionally engaging. It set a new record in Indian box office and was highly controversial in India. Those who liked the movie enjoyed it immensely, some hated it enough to sue. It is rumored that another Indian movie “OMG” (Oh My God!) is even better than “PK”: the shop of an Atheist shopkeeper was destroyed in an earthquake and the insurance company refused to pay. He therefore came up with an idea to sue God, but no lawyer would take up the case. Then he recalled that people from various religions claim that they could speak for and defend God, so they could represent God. And the litigation began….
“The first time I went inside, I was 14 years old. I was scared. I kept thinking what would happen to me if something went wrong.”
— Jacob, 17, Malaya, Camarines Norte
[ ‘SHARE’ Sep-Oct 2015 ] FOCUS ~ Poverty Reduction
Written by: Mindy Kwan, Senior Officer (Partnership Development)
Since the launch of CEDAR Barefoot Walk in 2001, participants have altogether walked a total distance of 42 km, equivalent to the distance of a marathon. The more we expose ourselves to poverty relief the more we will discover that it is more than ‘taking off our shoes’. Rather it’s a lengthy journey that requires long-term persistence and participation.