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The locusts of everyday violence have been allowed to swarm unabated in the developing world. And they are laying waste to the hope of the poor. – Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros in their new book, The Locust Effect
At TwitChange, our number one objective is sharing stories of social good, stories of change, stories of how individuals, organizations and celebrities are using their influence to make the world a better place. On a daily basis, we are in communication with people around the globe who are telling us of good things happening. And on the flip side, we are made acutely aware of the fact that though a lot of good is happening in our world, we still have work to do. Millions of men, women and children are victims of modern day slavery still today. Violence and cruelty still reign in may parts of our world.
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We come face to face every day with the reality that poor people are vulnerable to violence. Globally, the facts are stunning. Nearly 30 million children, women and men are held as forced labor slaves. One in 5 women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape – and sexual violence makes everyday activities like going to school, gathering water, using a communal restroom or taking public transport dangerous. The truth is that that 4 billion people – that most of the world’s poorest people – live in places where their justice systems don’t or can’t protect them from these kinds of “everyday violence.”
Even then, we are privileged to see the glimpses of hope daily in the progress organizations around the globe are making, and it is our pleasure to share their stories and to encourage you — our readers — to take action, raise your voice, stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Our friends at International Justice Mission just put together this unforgettable video that shows what the world is up against as we work together to help our poorest neighbors. You won’t want to miss the powerful moment at 1:48 – – our fight against poverty is worth safeguarding.
Want more? Check out The Locust Effect, by IJM’s president Gary A. Haugen, which releases today.