Saturday, July 23, 2005


Ireland's shame

Concern says money from foreign governments, including Ireland, can tackle the crisis in the African nation of Niger.

The world's second poorest country is being devastated by drought and a plague of locusts which is destroying crops and tens of thousands of children are at risk of starving to death.

"This can’t be allowed to persist and it shouldn’t persist and it is avoidable," said Nigel Tricks with the Concern team in Niger.

"If people give the aid that they’ve promised, if we live up to our commitments then there is no reason why this kind of crisis would happen again.

"But we have to live up to our commitments, we have to fulfil our promises."

What I'd like to know is, how can our Government Ministers justify awarding themselves a 7.5% pay rise, yet at the same time sit idly by while people in Niger are dying due to a lack of adequate aid?



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