Poverty: The Real Weapon of Mass Destruction
Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York via Facebook
I can post pictures that are more graphic but I won't because I know most of us don't want to see them.
They're not pictures of glamourous celebrities, air-brushed models or cute, happy children.
They're pictures of heartbreaking situations that many of us can't relate to.
You know there's something seriously wrong with the way this world works
when you can't relate to how billions of other people lead their daily lives.
Poverty exists everywhere.
In developing nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Philippines,Cambodia, Thailand,
Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, just to name a small few, and even in wealthy countries like America.
And we may think we live in the same city, country or planet as they do...
but in reality their world is completely different to ours.
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
1 billion children live in poverty. That's every second child in this world.
1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.
(And we can't imagine living a day without the Internet or our cellphones)
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
The wealthiest nation on Earth has the widest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized nation.