Living in the upper-middle class as a young woman in the United States, I haven’t found or seen many areas of complete poverty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a terrible problem in our World and country. When I hear about extreme poverty, especially in developing countries, it makes me wonder what our world can be doing and why we haven’t taken the measures to adequately lessen the issue. To know that so many people have the means to support others, yet do nothing about it, breaks my heart. Our whole nation, and many parts of the world have come up short when lending a hand to those who most need it. It baffles me, that in 2017, hundreds of millions of people don’t know where their next meal will come from.
In this article I read about poverty and world hunger, it states that about 896 million people in developing countries are living on $1.90 a day, or less. Due to conditions of poverty, about 22,000 children die each day because of their terrifying circumstances. I also became aware that the vast majority of the impoverished live in rural areas that are rarely educated and hard to escape. Our world has taken great strides in the past decades though, cutting poverty by about 25 percent from 1990 to present day.
Our work to end extreme poverty is far from over, there is still much to work on and achieve each year. People who make it out of poverty still have a high chance to jump right back into it due to economic instability and other life defining factors. What our world needs to focus on now, is how to reach these hard-to-find places and do our best to educate and provide whatever we can for those whose life depends on it.
Poverty in the 21st Century by Ronnie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.