new chains

5 February 2005 at 7:53 (General)

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

“Through your will and passion, you assisted in consigning that evil system [apartheid] forever to history. But in this new century, millions of people in the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains.

They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.”

– Nelson Mandela’s speech from Trafalgar Square on Thursday.

While slavery is considered to be an evil of the past and is very strongly looked down on, poverty is much more acceptable and is treated as a mild taboo. People don’t want to hear about free trade, they want cheap sale prices.

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