Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus says the prize
gives him the ability speak in a manner not possible before.
(Updated Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time: Dr. Muhammad Yunus’ address accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.)

Poverty is
a threat
to peace.
That is
a message
for the
whole world.
–Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen bank, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize tomorrow in Oslo. In an interview today Yunus said poverty is a threat to peace. In a speech in Washington a few weeks ago he said the award is tacit recognition by the Nobel Committee that peace and poverty are inseparably linked.

Where poverty exists, so will social instability. It need not take the form of insurrection, although insurrection is bred by the seeds of poverty. Instability can take the form of family breakdown, self-destructive and addictive behaviors, and poor health including high blood pressure and emotional depression as well as hunger and the diseases of poverty.

Yunus told the International Herald Tribune that when he screamed this message before he was hardly heard. However, today with the Nobel Prize as validation, he said he can whisper and “the whole world hears me loud and clear.”

May his voice continue to be strong and his message clear.

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