Poverty

Mission and Ministry
Garbage piled on the median overflows onto a road in Luanda, Angola. A waste-collection crisis in the province intensified when the Provincial Government of Luanda suspended contracts with the companies that performed the service. Photo by Augusto Bento, UM News.

United Methodists support cleanup in Angola

With temporary suspension of contracted services, solid-waste accumulation threatens health of thousands.
Racism
The Rev. David Maldonado. Video image courtesy of IMU Latina (Iglesia Metodista Unida Latina) via YouTube by UM News.

Church must hear Hispanic/Latino voices

The lack of voices from Latin America represents a major gap in the global conversations occurring in The United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
Abdul Conteh (left) and Foday Kamara work for an artisanal diamond miner in Kono, Sierra Leone. Moving large piles of dirt from one location to the next is backbreaking work that pays $2 a day. Artisanal miners are independent and not associated with the large mining companies in the area. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News.

Diamond mining often robs children of education

In the diamond-rich Kono District in Sierra Leone, young people are often lured into mining rather than going to school. One United Methodist girl says her generation is changing that story.
Social Concerns
Grandmother Alice Makore (from left), a lay leader at Nyamutumbu United Methodist Church, and parents Linda Munyori and Munyaradzi Makore mourn the loss of 7-year-old Tapiwa Makore, who was murdered in a suspected ritual killing in Makore Village, Zimbabwe, on Sept. 17. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Boy with United Methodist ties dies in ritual killing

Seven-year-old was the grandson of a lay leader at Nyamutumbu United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; his uncle has been charged with murder.

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