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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Clergy women march on Downing Street
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¬†Nearly 600 clergy women joined comedian Dawn French to campaign for Make Poverty History yesterday by marching to 10 Downing Street. Many had started very early ≠ the Rev Joan Dotchin and Sheila Hamil took the 4.30am train from Newcastle to make it on time and others came on overnight coaches or drove hundreds of miles in the dark. All of them were determined to make their voice heard. "I think it is absolutely outrageous what is happening in Africa" said the Rev Jutta Bruek, chaplain to Guildhall Music and Drama College. "That poverty is killing people while we are living in total affluence. I have come here to add my voice and we must put our weight behind this campaign." Dawn French welcomed the women to St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square and reminded them that 2005 is the year to persuade Tony Blair to put poverty on his agenda ≠ to make trade rules fair, cancel debt and ensure targeted aid reaches those that need it most. Then the front doors opened and the women filled Trafalgar Square, where both Nelson's Column and the lions were draped in huge Make Poverty History banners. Crowds of tourists made way for the women as they walked down Whitehall, carrying Make Poverty History banners, wearing their white arm bands on their coat sleeves. A delegation of ten women followed Dawn French, Richard Curtis and Christian Aid's Dr Mary Bradford into Number 10 to meet the Prime Minister while the rest of the gathering waited outside praying and singing hymns. 'Poverty is just not acceptable in our world,' said the Rev Liz Cannon from St James Crossford outside Keighley in North Yorkshire. "The response to the tsunami has been wonderful but there is a silent disaster every day ≠ thousands of children are dying of poverty." Frances Tyler, advisor for women's ministry in the Coventry Diocese grew up in Zimbabwe. "I feel very strongly that the world has forgotten how many people live in poverty, just because we live in a nice affluent place. "This is a great opportunity, early in the year, to ask the government to sit up and notice our challenge to ensure that poverty must end.'" Source: Christian Aid
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