SNAPSHOT: Royal appeal

Members of the Jubilee Debt Campaign and the Mothers' Union held a rally outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday, calling for greater commitment to the issue of Third World debt relief. They handed over a petition of 129,000 signatures to the Queen, calling for an extension of relief to improve living conditions for millions of poor people in the Commonwealth and beyond. "More than one billion of our fellow human beings are still enslaved by debt, many of them living on less than a dollar a day," said David Golding, a board member at the Jubilee Debt Campaign. Supporters of the campaign collected more than 62,000 signatures, while members of the Mothers' Union collected the remainder from more than 70 countries. Illiterate people had their say by using their fingerprints.

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