An Anonymous Cry

Last week, a book of startling black-and-white portraits arrived on the desks of 25,000 of the most influential people of the world. Recipients—among them heads of state such as Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair—were confronted by images of the world's poorest human beings, together with fragments of lyrics from a song. On the back cover, readers were directed to an elegant website—www.first8.org—on which can be found the United Nations' eight goals (drafted at the 2000 Millennium Summit) to end extreme poverty.

Where did the book come from? It didn't say. But the website said that...

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