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Anglican bishops and spouses against hunger and misery.

On July 24th, 2009, the capital of England was witness to a purple tide surging along its main streets carrying posters and banners calling out to world leaders to crush poverty. It was called  London Day at the Lambeth Conference. The procession, which lasted about an hour and a half, counted on ample press coverage and was an important moment of unity while the Church is dealing with an agenda that affects all of us. The Conservatives and Progressives held on their disagreements on several  theological and ethical themes to face the real and very serious problem, the existence of hunger and poverty in the world!

The march passed in front of the Houses of Parliament and drew attention of Londoners because of the security measures and traffic alterations, which were kindly monitored by the police force. From the buses that were going by filled with tourists, one could see the manifestations of support through shouts and waves. This is not very common in the day to day life of the world nowadays: a march of bishops on politically relevant issues. The bishops were received at Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury and had a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown. At this meeting, where there was also a speech from the UN Anglican representative:  Mrs Helen Wangusa, there was a discussion on the urgency of concrete actions on the part of the world governments to reach the UN target levels for 2015. These are the MIllenium Targets that intend to overcome poverty and economic and social exclusion of poor countries.

From what we have as concrete up to now, many of the targets will not be reached by the proposed date. As an example, the child education and mortality areas will still depend on investments and more concrete actions to be reached in 2050.

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