A couple of weeks ago I visited a gold mining village more than 3,000 kilometres from the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa. Here the sad reality of my country has an even harsher face. Although other provinces are facing hunger and displacement caused by fighting, in this town the population is living under particularly difficult conditions.
What shall we be wearing this summer when the G8 comes to town? When the UK last hosted the summit in 2005, we wore white. Everywhere I looked, I saw people wearing white. Those rubber wristbands declared our commitment to ‘make poverty history’. Since then, we’ve experienced double dip recession, mounting redundancies and rising youth unemployment, bringing us closer to the degrading and painful effects of poverty.
A crowd of us stood in the Edinburgh sunshine holding giant eyeballs on sticks. The world is watching, our campaign banner proclaimed, ‘AIDS Treatment for All by 2010′. Photographers snapped pictures to wire out before the close of the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles.
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