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Haigazian University Students Stand Up and Speak Out against Poverty and Inequality

Haigazian University Students Stand Up and Speak Out against Poverty and Inequality

Beirut, October 17, 2007- On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Haigazian University students, staff and faculty stood with millions around the world, to show their commitment to the fight against poverty and inequality.

This symbolic gesture started with a word from the Student Life Director, Antranig Dakessian, who presented the Millennium Development Goals, set by the UN to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. "The Millennium Development Goals are challenges that have triggered the attention of the aware masses and particularly the youth of the universe", Dakessian said.

The President of the University Rev. Paul Haidostian, talked about the justice in the world and economic justice in the Middle East.
"Economic justice is rarely a topic of discussion in our midst, and in the political circles of our countries. It has proven to be unpopular and uncomfortable to say that the rich, the rich countries, foundations, companies, individuals have much to do and give in order to solve the problems of poverty, and that the strong have much to give away to empower the weak", Haidostian said.
He also highlighted on the ethical standards for combating poverty. "The rich cannot use or abuse their positions of privilege and think about supporting the poor as a means to more control of wills and minds. They should rather see in economic justice a manifestation of life in its best reality as God intended it to be", Haidostian concluded.

At the end of the program, students, faculty and staff, stood up and joined in solidarity with people from over 100 countries and pledged, "today, and every day, we will stand up and speak out against poverty. We will continue the fight against poverty and inequality and to hold our leaders to their promises. We are asking not for charity but for justice. We are millions of voices standing in solidarity to say, no more excuses ? end poverty now."

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director

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