Magazine article The Christian Century

Christian Aid Groups Disappointed with G8

Magazine article The Christian Century

Christian Aid Groups Disappointed with G8

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Britain's two largest Christian aid organizations have expressed disappointment about the Africa package agreed to at a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) nations last month in Scotland, but have pledged to fight on for economic and trade justice.

G8 leaders said in their July 8 communique: "We have agreed to double aid for Africa by 2010. Aid for all developing countries will increase, according to the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development], by around $50 billion per year by 2010, of which at least $25 billion extra per year is for Africa."

At least one African church group rued that the July 7 bombings in London that killed at least 55 people and injured hundreds of others had been detrimental to the church-backed Make Poverty History campaign for the G8 meeting.

"The G8 meeting was indeed addressing the very concerns of millions in Africa and the world. We in Africa were accordingly taken aback by the crude interruption of our keen attention on the G8 deliberations by a handful of misguided individuals," said the New Sudan Council of Churches in part of its sympathy message to families of bomb victims. …

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