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July 1, 2005
Christian Blind Mission International's Executive Director Dave McComiskey calls upon G8 leaders to take into account the rights and needs of the poor with disabilities in developing countries.
As we celebrate Canada Day weekend in a country that has so much to offer, imagine the billions of people in our world who live in extreme poverty, with disabilities, without enough food to eat, clean water to drink, or access to health care and education.
Commenting on the upcoming Live 8 concert in Barrie, on July 2nd,
CBMI's Executive Director, Dave McComiskey stated, "The Live
8 effort is an important initiative to support African development.
Christian Blind Mission International, a leading agency concerned with assisting people with disabilities in developing countries and in particular Africa, believes that aid must go beyond the traditional target groups. McComiskey noted that, "Poverty causes disability - and conventional forms of aid will certainly help to prevent disabilities. However, disability also causes poverty and unless people with disabilities are directly helped by development programs, they will remain among the poorest of the poor. These are Africa's forgotten people."
The World Health Organization notes that over 10% of Africans are
disabled - half of whom are severely impaired. Nearly 1% of Africans
are blind. "Unless, we ensure that these desperately poor people
Former Prime Minister Lester Pearson proposed to the UN in 1996
the idea that rich countries should give 0.7% of their gross national
product for global development. Many world leaders and G8 counties
As a leading international organization, we ask all G8 leaders to take into account the rights and needs of the poor with disabilities in developing countries.
Disabled because they're poor - poor because they're disabled.
CBMI is committed to helping people with disabilities living in lesser-developed countries. In addition to preventing blindness and disabilities, and providing medical and rehabilitation assistance, Christian Blind Mission International seeks to be a leading voice for the people they serve.
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