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The Ravages of Poverty Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Pedus, Australia Jan 14, 2007
Media , Human Rights   Poetry


Poverty is poverty, mild, moderate or extreme
It oppresses, it suppresses
It breeds fear;it generates anger
From places far and wide,
It pervades like an endless storm
From the ghettos and slums
It parades an endless grudge
As the rich fights to loose some pounds
The poor prays to gain an ounce
As the rich lives in glamor
The poor is shackled forever!
Poverty can separate you from the world
In ways only you can tell
It denies you of your identity
In more ways than one
Poverty is a cause; there is no pride in it
From the hungry to the homeless
From illiteracy to failing health
Poverty is a threat to humanity
A threat to our very existence

But we must fight to win
We must stay the course
We have to withstand the storm
We must unite against our enemies
Both home and abroad
We must air our views
In ways that provoke debate
Even in the face of retribution
We must challenge our leaders
To be just and fair
We must take a stand for equity
We must take a stand for probity
We must take a stand for accountability
We must stand for something
Or we fail in everything.



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I was born in Nigeria and was educated in Nigeria, USA and Australia. I am the founder and president of Christina-Mae Recruitment Consortium Australia and the author of the book "When Things Go Wrong: Concepts of Change". I am also the co-founder of Child Aid Survival and Development International (CASDI). As a freelance journalist, I have contributed to a number of professional journals and newspapers, as well as worked in a number of e-journalism projects. I have traveled extensively and currently call Australia and the USA home with extensive involvement in African Human Rights issues.
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