Poverty is not just a phenomenon of poor, homeless and hungry people.
It is a social and economic epidemic, and here are some sobering statistics:
- "Nearly 1/2 of the world's population--more than 3 billion people--live on less than $2.50 a day."
- More than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty--less than $1.25 a day."
- "1 Billion children worldwide are living in poverty...and 165 million children under the age of 5 were stunted...due to malnutrition."
- "1/4 of all humans live without electricity."
- "80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day."
Those empty stomachs, battered roofs, and tattered clothes are leaving indelible marks on so many impoverished people, yet many at the other end of the spectrum are living so high and mighty...it's a crazy contrast that fails to make any sense.
Passing by the stronghold buildings of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., I found these striking "End Poverty" t-shirts that they had in their storefront--although I couldn't help think how far removed this place was from this sorry state of global poverty and chaotic and violent world affairs.
We are living in an incredible bubble, and while I often hear how grateful people are to be here and have "all this," somehow I just don't think we fully get it what's going on out there! ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)