Christians' Beliefs About Problems in Developing Countries
This essay will be focusing on two specific examples of problems which
are faced by people in the Third World countries. The problems of
developing countries are inter-linked with crippling poverty of the
people because of: the arms race, inability to recover from natural
disasters, a cycle of debt, the population explosion, unjust trading
conditions, illiteracy and ignorance.
One of the problems faced by people in developing countries is famine.
More than 15 Million people in Southern Africa are suffering from
hunger. The causes of food shortages in these countries are various.
The country may lack money for the necessary imports of food which it
cannot produce itself. Sometimes the food that can be grown is
destroyed by pests or long droughts. Above all, developing nations
cannot recover from a bad year because they have no real resources to
cover a natural disaster.
Furthermore, famine in Sudan, results in two main diseases which
afflict many people when hunger is a severe problem. Marasmus, through
lack of food, cause children to become so thin that they suffer from
sickness and diarrhoea and die. Kwashiorkor occurs when malnutrition
is present through lack of protein in the diet, which can lead to
However, the organisation called the Brandt Report recommended more
funds for developing: agriculture, irrigation, agricultural research,
crop storage, fertilisers and fisheries. The Brandt Report emphasises
that there must be an end to mass hunger and malnutrition. Food aid
was recommended, but not at the expense of helping the people
themselves to increase their own food production. Christian Aid
targeted groups that include households headed by children, the
disabled, pregnant women and orphans, the emphasis being on long term
development. The following saying emphasises the importance of
self-help aid: "Give a man a fish and you feed him, for a day; teach
him to fish and you feed him for life".
Also, other biblical references that Christians will apply their
beliefs too are identified in (The Rich Fool) Luke 12:13-21 and (The
Widow's offering) Mark 12: 41-44. In the parable of the Rich fool it
teaches Christians today that they should be generous and gives
donations to charities, this is shown in the words "this is how it
will be with anyone who stores up things for himself...