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The distribution of wealth and resources in the world is unequal "The distribution of wealth and resources in the world is unequal". Using a recent example which illustrates this inequality explain what Christians might do to support the victims of this situation. You should refer to the writing and thinking of the Roman Catholic tradition to illustrate and support what you say. If we look at our world we can see that there are two extremes. The extremely rich and the extremely poor. Luxembourg is the richest country in the world according to it's Gross National Product. The average person in that country earns approximately $40,000 per year while in Sudan the average person earns $63. That is a colossal difference in wealth. If we look at a map of the world we can see that most of the world's developed countries lie north of the equator while the majority of developing countries lie south. This can also be referred to at times as the 'Physical Quality of Life Index Line'. If we look at the U.S.A. We can see that it possesses the most Billionaires with the figure reaching 145. This is a tremendous amount of money concentrated among a minute percentage of the world's population. ...read more.


Finally we have the population explosion in which people are convinced they need a large family to go out and earn money and to take care of them in their old age. These are all problems which occur in still developing countries. What can we do to help the situation. The example which I am going to use to illustrate my answer will be the situation in East Timor. In October 1999 the Irish Government was urged to adopt East Timor as it's priority for overseas funding. Trocaire has been doing a lot of work ever since but C.A.F.O.D, the Catholic Association for Overseas Develpoment, was one of the first international agencies to become involved with the situation in East Timor. They have been working with the Catholic Church and non-religious organisations like itself. It has programmes in the area for locating the East Timorese C.A.F.O.D. Workers and it's associates. They want to build their offices and to get them up and running so that aid can be given. The aid includes providing shelter, household assistance, health programmes and providing maize for the workers so that they can reduce the food insecurity in the short term. C.A.F.O.D. is currently organising a major emergency grant from E.C.H.O. (European Community Humanitarian Organisation) for it's workers in the east and for Caritas Indonesia (an associate) in the west. ...read more.


C.A.F.O.D. is willing to take any donation and put it to use in any of it's programmes. The original charity story would be the good Samaritan where a man was beaten and robbed. Two people passed him and finally a Samaritan man came along. He cleaned the man up, put wine on his wounds and took him to an Inn. The Samaritan is this story was an enemy of the man he cared for yet he did so anyway. This story shows us that a Christian should show charity even to his/her worst enemy as the Good Samaritan did. All of these parables show me an indication of what a Christian's attitudes should be to poverty. Christians react to organisations such as C.A.F.O.D. by giving donations and joining missionaries out in foreign countries. In East Timor this donated money is used in building shelters, providing food and giving the people the chance to bring themselves out of this state by supplying seeds and tools. There are many different ways and organisations which can help the underdeveloped countries of the world. Christians must play a leading role in this help living by what Christ has taught us about charity, poverty and wealth. It is vitally important that organisations such as C.A.F.O.D. and Trocaire continue in the great work that they are doing and we learn that these countries need our help. Maybe through this help we can make the world's resources and wealth more equal ...read more.

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