“Back in the Ivory Coast, I managed to get a pen, book and blackboard at my school only thanks to international aid.”

by Ake Achi, LCID’s Unions and Affiliates Liaison Officer

Yesterday was the day the UK’s commitment to people in need reached another level.

As a former child labourer, I spent more time in my family’s plantations planting cocoa and cafe trees, and cooking their beans, than most people drink hot chocolate and coffee in a day.

The 0.7% target now enshrined into law is a great relief. LCID has led a great fight to win the battle, but we still have a war against poverty to win.

Back in the Ivory Coast, I managed to get a pen, book and blackboard at my school only thanks to international aid.

Although we must go beyond aid, for this victory, thank you to all the members of LCID who have been fighting like lions to make sure that international development remains a priority for the next Labour government.

LCID was there at every stage to ensure that the 0.7% target becomes a reality. On the behalf of my nephews and nieces who are still working in the plantations, I say thank you to you. You are the true friends of the people in developing countries.

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