“While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor.
It is a plague of everyday violence.”
This week marks the book launch of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by International Justice Mission president Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros. You may remember hearing about IJM in the past, as I participated in the Dressember campaign to raise funds for IJM — and again, thank you to all who helped us in that campaign.
It was during Dressember that I learned of the social media campaign to launch the upcoming book, so I volunteered to read an advance copy and give a review. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! I’ve read extensively in the past about human trafficking, slavery, global poverty, etc, but nothing prepared me for the powerful message of The Locust Effect.
Haugen’s thesis is both simple and complex at the same time: poor people around the world are the most vulnerable victims of violence. They are targeted for violence because they are poor, and they remain poor because of violence. If we want to make a serious effort at helping people out of poverty, we must address the corruption and malfunction plaguing the justice systems and law enforcement agencies of the developing world.
I’m posting a video below that movingly illustrates many of the scenarios touched upon in The Locust Effect. Please scroll down and take three minutes to watch it. But before you do, please consider buying a copy of The Locust Effect during launch week. Your purchase this week would be beneficial for several reasons:
1. You’d be receiving a perspective changing book that I highly recommend for anyone interested in learning more about the everyday situation of the poorest communities in the world.
2. All author royalties will go to IJM, so you’d be supporting an outstanding organization at work fighting injustice around the world.
3. This week, a grant will provide $20 extra to IJM for every copy of the book purchased. So, author royalties + $20. Your purchase will make a difference in rescuing people from slavery and violence!
4. Buying the book this week will help put The Locust Effect on bestseller lists. The issue of violence in the lives of those in poverty is one that direly needs attention. Let’s cause people to sit up and take notice!
Here’s the link to purchase the book on Amazon: click here. Thank you for considering purchasing The Locust Effect.
And here’s the video, “Everyday”: