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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»

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2.1 A Way of Humanizing the World? Reviewing the popular theory of Jeffrey Sachs: a synopsis of his work: “the end of poverty – how we can make it happen in our lifetime”12 The main core of Jeffrey Sachs’ argument is that the issue of Poverty is as old as Humanity. But who are at the centre and at the edge of the Poverty-question of Sachs? Who are the real poor, the marginalized of the Society? How can we clas- sify them? In spite of the excessive affluence of some, why are most people poor in our World today? And worst of all why are most people poor below the poverty line even in the so-called mineral resource, well-endowed Countries in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia? In spite of human efforts to end poverty through history and by different programs of the United Nations inter alia, what are the factors responsible for this unending cankerworm call Poverty that has eaten deep into the bone marrow of our post-modern society with its ‘sensibilities and insensibil- ities,’13 to borrow the phase of Paul Lakeland? There is no end to a lot of questions that could be raised in this area of pov- erty-issue. In spite of many theories hatched through seminars, conference and workshops etc. Is there any concrete solution to ‘the end of poverty?” And how can we make it happen in our lifetime as Jeffrey Sachs titled his book? It is in the light of the finding a concrete...

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