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Christian Aid urge government to help countries globally amidst cost-of-living crisis

by Alex Collett

Following the Queen's speech in the Houses of Parliament, Christian Aid are concerned there is nothing in the legislative programme that brings hope to all those struggling with a cost of living crisis globally.

According to the charity, instead of an agenda for addressing the critical global issues, like extreme poverty, rising hunger and a worsening climate crisis, there is a vacuum. 

Christian Aid's Chief of UK Advocacy Sophie Powell told Premier what the keys issues are and what the government needs to address:

"We've seen many more people around the world pushed into poverty - and further into poverty - by the effects of the Covid pandemic. 

"But also we've got the impacts of the climate crisis that continue to hit the poorest communities the most severely. 

"Some of the impacts of the climate crisis make it increasingly difficult for communities that Christian Aid works with in countries like Ethiopia, and Malawi, and many others to grow food for their families
and to earn a living. 

"We also have the conflict in Ukraine, which is obviously devastating for people in the country.

"It's also causing food price rises globally, so it's having this spill-over effect on the cost of food, which is exacerbating a global hunger crisis. 

"So you've got half the population of Afghanistan, for example, is currently facing extreme hunger. 

"We're seeing the worst food crisis in Ethiopia and Somalia that we've seen for many years.

Sophie spoke of the number of ways the government can help, including reinstating the aid budget, which was cut. 

That money, she explained, could be used to invest in community-led programmes in low income countries, or build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Sophie says: "We still have an important role to play globally in pushing for more ambitious climate action, including setting up a fund, a global loss and damage fund, that could help channel resources to low income countries."

"Our prayers and thoughts to the people in Ethiopia, to the people in Afghanistan and in our communities around the world who were suffering."

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