In a world where a few hundred millionaires own as much wealth as the world’s poorest 2.5 billion people, poverty is a choice made by the rich, not by the poor.
- More than 8 million people die each year from abject poverty
- Half the world – nearly three billion people – live on less than $2 a day
- Almost a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read or sign their names
- 852 million people do not have enough to eat, 1.3 billion have no safe water, 2 billion have no access to electricity and 3 billion have no sanitation
- Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to global health, killing more people than AIDS, malaria and TB put together.
Children are the future – aren’t they?
- Of the 2.2 billion children in the world, one billion – almost half – live in poverty
- 10.9 million children die every year before they reach the age of five
- A child dies every five seconds because she or he is hungry
- Every year, 17 million children are born undernourished because their mothers don’t have enough to eat
- More than a billion children will not go to school this year – 65% of them girls.
Who ate all the pies?
- 15 of the world’s 100 wealthiest bodies are corporations
- A few hundred millionaires own as much wealth as the world’s poorest 2.5 billion people
- The combined economic output of a quarter of the world’s countries is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest men.
Who lives? Who dies?
- In Bolivia and Peru, babies are four to five times as likely to die if they are born in the poorest 20% of the population than the richest 20%
- 80% of all Ethiopians live on less than two dollars a day – and 26% on less than a dollar
- Life expectancy in Afghanistan is just 43 years. In Zimbabwe it is 37 years.
It’s a matter of choice
- Just one week’s worth of the subsidies given to farmers in rich countries would cover the annual cost of global food aid
- $20 billion is spent on cosmetics in the United States each year – more than double the $9 billion it would take to provide basic water and sanitation for everyone
- Annual global military spending exceeds $1 trillion. That’s a thousand billion dollars – around 100 times what it would cost to put every child in the world through primary school.
Information source: Christian Aid
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