|An HIV mother and child|
Here are some shocking statistics I found today while doing some research online. As you can see, very little has change especially in the developing countries around the world. Billions of people go to bed hungry. We are in the age of science and advanced technology yet many people especially poor children continue to die just because they cannot get food to eat and they have no health care at all. In this age and time, millions of people continue to die from HIV/AIDS even though there are anti-retroviral drugs available. Millions of people still go to bed hungry while the rich and the greedy continue to waste billions of dollars on luxurious mansions, private jets, etc. Some people walk miles upon miles each and everyday just to get a cup of water to quench their thirst. Some even die for the lack of drinking water. such is the world we live in today.
*Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
Infact majority of these 3 billion people live in poor third world countries. Majority of poor people in the world today live in Asia especially in India. India has the largest poor population in the world today. Africa follows Asia as the second poorest continent with the second largest poor population. Most poor people in India and Africa live on less than $1.25 a day. $1.25 cannot even buy 1 regular bottle soda in the United States.
*The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.
In other worlds, just 7 people out of all these greedy rich people around the world can set the poorest 41 countries in the world free.
*Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen. In other words, we are busy wasting money on how to kill ourselves than how to help ourselves. such is the world we live in today. The more the poor people die, the richer the greedy people become and that is why they would anything possible to see more poor people die.
*1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day). In other words, almost 30,000 die each and everyday especially in Africa and India due to poverty, hunger, lack of good drinking water, poor health conditions, etc. yet our leaders waste precious time and money on weapons of mass destruction instead of helping the poor and the weak in us, the waste precious time and money planning how to kill more and more people. such is the world we live in today.