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Global inequality letter Dear 'hardworking citizen', I am writing a reply to the letter you wrote in the Milton Keynes citizen. Firstly I would like to say that many things you say are not factual and that you don't know what really has been going on in the world. You say that you are fed up of hearing about poverty and this is total ignorance. Poverty is reality, it is happening and it isn't going to stop unless people like us help poor countries over come poverty. I can assure you that poverty is not exaggerated, it spreads just as quickly as pollution and it kills 50,000 people a day. So if you say 50,000 people dying a day is exaggerated, how many more people have got to die before you take it into account. You say "television and newspapers always pick out the worst cases" this is not true. This is what life is like for most of Africa. As you think we have given enough money in aid, this also is not true. In 1970, rich nations agreed to spend 0.7% of their national incomes on development aid, it still has happened. Britain has now pledged to meet the 0.7% goal by 2013 but will they meet it? ...read more.


They can't manage on their own and they rely on Britain to survive. Where you say "if you look at Malaysia", this is a totally different country to the countries that are in poverty. The first thing is that the weather in Malaysia is no where near as hot as it is in Africa due to Africa being situated on the equator. So in Malaysia there will be better conditions to grow crops and to work in where as in Africa it is too hot to do anything. Secondly Malaysia has a lot more money in their country than places like Niger and Kenya. Britain did not exploit Malaysia like it did to other countries and Malaysia had a mini industrial revolution in the 1970's so they are more equipped to meet the needs of people in their country. Lastly Malaysia has a different political and colonial history to countries in Africa. You say "I feel sorry for these hardworking drugs companies." These drug companies charge high prices to try to exploit the need for medicines. People in LEDC'S don't have access to medicines, or education to understand that disease spreads. You also say "don't use proper contraception", this is because they would not be able to get hold of contraception and the lack of education means they would not no what contraception is. ...read more.


So by helping out younger people are becoming educated to what is going in the world. If Stantonbury students are prepared to get involved and help then why are people like you not prepared to? One person can make such a difference, This is because a girl had a facial disfigurement which could have been treated with a �2 mouthwash but due to the fact she could not afford it her condition has become a lot worse and would now cost �7000 to treat her. So if someone could have donated �2 pound this girl would not be in the trouble she is in. Finally you say "it is time the media stopped trying to manipulate us." The media is just showing us what goes in the world, it is reality. So manipulation does not come into it. You also say "charity begins at home." This is a very selfish attitude; it is basic humanity to help. Most people will have added extras in their lives that they don't need or use and this money spent on them could change so many lives. The last I want to say is that you make me rally angry when you say at the end "hardworking citizen"; by this you are implying that people in LEDC'S are lazy and this is total ignorance Yours, Nathan Puxty ...read more.

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