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We should look after the poor in our own country before we help the poor in other counties. Do you agree?

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"We should look after the poor in our own country before we help the poor in other counties." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show you have considered more than one point of view. Refer to Christianity in your answer. I disagree with this statement because as a Christian I believe that everyone is your neighbour and it is essential to help those who are suffering most despite where they live. Even if those in our counties may be in poverty there poverty may not be extreme as those who are living in the third world for example. This is because poverty varies between countries and while one person may be considered to be living in poverty in a developed country, the same person maybe considered above the poverty line in a less developed country. Relative poverty measures how poor someone is in comparison to other members of their society where Absolute poverty measures the number of people living without 1 or more of the five basic needs: water, food, health, education and work. ...read more.


In conclusion, I believe that we should look after those who are the poorest and those who are in most need of our help, no matter where they are living, rather than helping those who just live nearer us. We should help those are without the five basic needs and living in absolute poverty, before helping those who are simply in relative poverty. Christians feel they are responsible to help the poor and share their own belongings with those who are less fortunate. Christians support the poor by giving money to aid agencies such as Cafod, who work on their behalf, in poor countries to bring relief, aid and support for the people. Christians may give directly to the charity money or they may do fundraisers to collect together money from lots of people and then give this on to the charity. Cafod works within the UK, Africa, Asia and South America and aims to "promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and Gospel values." ...read more.


Cafod ensures the work they do is sustainable and therefore they do not use highly complicated technology but instead may install basic technology like water pumps which are easy to work and simple to fix so the people become more self-reliant. It is not helpful for Christians to simply give the countries their money because what they really need is their time and skills. However this is not practical for many people and this is where Cafod comes in and works on behalf of these people using their money but giving their time to put the money into use. Also Christians support the poor by raising awareness of the poverty. Christians campaign to challenge the cause of poverty and draw people's attention to the poverty some people live in day in day out. This encourages people to get involved in charity work as they learn how many people are suffering and that is does not take much to make a big difference. Christians do this as it causes other people to give money and time to support the poor, but also because it educates others into the suffering others endure. ?? ?? ?? ?? Julia Bodkin ...read more.

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