Do you think you can live off $1.25 a day? According to the “World Bank” extreme poverty is living off of $1.25 or less a day. Although the rate of extreme poverty has decreased since the 1900’s, more than two billion people still live on less than $2 a day (Nuru). Extreme poverty is one of the most detrimental conditions that affect people throughout the world. It is defined as “the state of being poor, having little money or being in need of a specific quality and severe deprivation of basic human needs” (Nuru). Extreme poverty is more than just lacking money and nice things; it can be physically and mentally harmful. These people are struggling to survive due to the lack of basic human needs such as, food, water, shelter and health centers.
Although extreme poverty affects nearly everywhere in the world, it mainly destroys third world countries. Extreme poverty has so many significant negative effects such as poor health, lack of education and increased crime rate. Some of the poorest countries in the world include Zimbabwe, Burundi, Liberia, Niger and Afghanistan. In Niger, within the next 12 months it is predicted that over 90,000 children will die, which comes out to 240 children a day due to malnutrition (Independent). These conditions are so harsh and detrimental to one’s health that these people often eat mud pies just to fill their stomachs up (Bulman). These countries are stuck in a vicious cycle struggling to survive day to day. Fortunately the United Nations formed the UNICEF organization to combat these horrible conditions in over 190 suffering countries. They strive to give every child a fair chance and give each child the chance to reach their full potential in these horrible circumstances.
People often take for granted how privileged their lifestyles are. More people need to step up and figure out a way to help provide for those in need. More countries like the United States need to do more to end this global inequality. So many people are used to their circumstances and do not see how catastrophic poverty can really be. It is very humbling to see these people’s lives and perspectives. It makes you realize that no matter how hard you think your life is when facing adversity, there are people struggling to survive day to day. Therefore, we must continue to work together to solve this problem, to save future children from living in extreme poverty and suffering its consequences. What do you feel you can do to reduce extreme poverty in third world countries? In what ways do you feel that we as a country can help conquer extreme poverty? What actions can we take to defeat an issue that affects the lives of individuals daily? With your help, we will be able to move forward and start a campaign that can help diminish poverty today and help save lives. Share your thoughts with us at [email protected], and we will be able to help start your campaign to help end extreme poverty today!
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