Africa needs action and it needs it now
My name is Eve Odete and I work with Oxfam in Africa to end poverty and injustice. Africa needs action and it needs it now. That’s why I’m here in Germany – because I believe the G8 leaders must play a key role in this. I want to make sure (as much as I can) that Africa remains steadfastly on the agenda. I want to bring the African voice into the forefront of the calls for action and to remind the world leaders that the cost of their inaction is millions of precious lives lost through poverty and disease. And we need their action – not empty declarations – to save these lives.
I sincerely hope that the riots and the need for so many police I see driving around will calm down. We are largely legitimate protesters here, working for social justice and human rights. The world is bad enough for millions of others out there because of broken promises, for the media to concentrate on people’s violent actions here. We are here to work for a better world and help put things right. And over the next few days, I will let you know how much we achieve.
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