Imagine this. You’re sitting in the hot summer. An excessively baggy tee clings to your skin where the outlines of ribs are visible. The dried sweat makes everything worse. It increases your lack of comfort and desperation for just a drop of water or tiny crumb of food. You’re living in poverty. In 2010, The World Hunger Organization reported a total of 925 million people living like this. That stat has only grown since then.
Let’s face it .Throughout our lives, we’ve told things like “be grateful” and “you’re lucky to be in this place”, but admit it; most of this stuff just goes in one ear and flies out the other. We learn about our conditions in comparison to those of a third world country, but unless we’re one of the few who witness or see the struggles of survival and people of these places, there is little way for us to wrap our heads around the idea that somewhere in the world, someone is fighting to secure basic needs. It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be.
The majority of us really are lucky; we were born into families that managed to provide for us. Our biggest struggles involved things like passing tests or sorting out rumors, nothing that ever meant life or death. We never had to worry if we’d have shelter for a night or if we’d starve next week. While I can’t speak for everybody, the troubles that I’ve faced so far pale in light of those who’ve dealt with poverty.
The term “in poverty” can be applied to anyone who lives on less than the equivalent of 1.25 US dollars a day. This amount seems increasingly pitiful when one looks at the 114 dollars used by the average american citizen daily.
High poverty rates are usually found in more rural areas, with less resources. The highest rates are found in East and West Africa and several regions in Asia. Take for example The Democratic Republic of Congo, the poorest country in the world. As of 2011, therichest.org reported their gross domestic product per capita to be a dwindled 348 dollars....
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