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Guardian: 'Savage' cuts to UK aid put children's lives at risk, says Gordon Brown

February 3, 2021

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“For 20 years until now, the UK aid budget has risen, and global poverty has fallen,” he added saying that the cuts would reduce Britain’s aid budget by share of national income to below that of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

“Now, for the first time in two decades, global poverty is rising but, sadly, development aid is falling. We are depriving the world’s most vulnerable of food, medical treatment, and schooling, as surely as pulling away the needle from a child awaiting vaccination, whipping away the school meal from her hungry mouth and shutting the school gates on all those whose human right to education we promised to uphold.

“Over 5 million young people will be denied the vaccinations for polio, measles and others they require, with the result that, according to a calculation by the Centre for Global Development, 100,000 children’s lives that could have been saved will be lost. Four-and-a-half million fewer children a year will receive an education.”

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