Chris­tian Aid UK chief says poverty ‘is an avoid­able scan­dal...that di­min­ishes us all’

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IN a pow­er­ful speech to the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the Church of Scot­land Loretta Minghella OBE chief ex­ec­u­tive of Chris­tian Aid UK (pic­tured be­low) said end­ing poverty meant chang­ing at­ti­tudes here at home as well as in the world’s poor­est coun­tries.

‘Never has there been a more im­por­tant time to con­nect the lo­cal na­tional and global pic­tures: to chal­lenge the dev­as­tat­ing myth of them and us,’ she told an au­di­ence that in­cluded HRH The Princess Royal.

Iden­ti­fy­ing cli­mate change and dis­crim­i­na­tion against women as two of the key causes of global poverty, Ms Minghella, sis­ter to the late film di­rec­tor An­thony Minghella, said Chris­tian Aid was em­pow­ered by its trans­for­ma­tional part­ner­ship with the church.

‘We are your in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment agency and it is your un­flag­ging com­mit­ment that drives our work for­ward,’ she told the Assem­bly.

‘We share your be­lief that poverty is an avoid­able scan­dal that robs peo­ple of their dig­nity and di­min­ishes us all. We be­lieve that each per­son is made in the im­age of God, gifted with life and cre­ated to flour­ish.

‘Our firm faith state­ment: ‘‘We be­lieve in life be­fore death’’ calls us into trans­for­ma­tional part­ner­ships that let the changes be­gin in us.’

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