by Amy Burke
Apr 13, 2012
In the past few weeks, social media has been flooded with a strong public outcry with a variety of perspectives on the Trayvon Martin case, support for his family and friends, as well as multiple pleas for justice. In this week’s news, after a long and painful process, George Zimmeran was charged with second degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
In other news from around the world:
- PODCAST: Global Development: The World Bank says the international goal of halving extreme poverty has been met. But with almost 1 billion people still living on less than $1.25 a day, what progress has really been made?
- Earthquakes in Indonesia: Two big earthquakes hit off the coast of Sumatra this past Wednesday, causing Indonesians to fear possible tsunamis, which luckily never came.
- Sahel Food Crisis: While perhaps not a main focus of current news, this remains a priority for us here at Lutheran World Relief. Please take the time to learn how we are helping and what your role can be.
- Child Labor in India: The reality of Indian slum grounds is disturbing, but it is where millions of childhoods are being played out. Life in the slums is a self-perpetuating cycle and by only treating symptoms of poverty, no significant positive change can occur.
- One Day Without Shoes: Why give up wearing shoes for a day? TOMS has started a movement raise awareness for children across the world who don’t have shoes, but while the movement was made with good intentions, it has raised some controversy.
- VIDEO: A Day without Dignity: Donating clothing can hurt local markets and diminish competition. What is a better, more sustainable way to provide aid?
What else was in the news this week? Please leave your comments below.