POVERTY : ARTICLE 25!

1 08 2010

By: Mosi Dorbayani, PhD

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, everyone is entitled to “a standard of living for the health and well-being of oneself and of one’s family.”

Recently, Human Rights are being used to understand poverty. And communities experiencing poverty have used Human Rights to act against injustice, build alliances between desperate groups, and articulate their conditions and claims.

But what is poverty really, and where is it? Let us have the answer directly from Poverty!

Hey, I am Poverty and I would like to say that I could visit you everywhere!

I am neither hunger nor nudeness.

Sometimes I am hidden under bars of gold and inside expensive outfits.

I am the absence of ‘having something’ but that thing is not money, nor food or property.

I can sicken your mind and take away your insights!

I am the dust on the unsold books in a bookshop.

I am the blade of that shredder which cuts the returned newspapers.

I am not passing nights with ‘no food’; I am passing days with ‘no thought’!

Image courtesy of ‘Talkingitglobal.org’

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