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25 Sobering Statistics On Global Poverty That Might Upset You


Everyone knows there is poverty in the world. But what exactly does that mean? These are 25 sobering statistics on global poverty that might upset you.

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At least 80% of humanity lives on less than per day

To put things into perspective, the top 20% of the world’s population accounts for three quarters of the world’s income

Half of the world’s population accounts for only 5% of the world’s income

According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die every day due to poverty

Nearly one third of children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted

Last year, about 70 million children of primary school age were not in school

Nearly a billion people celebrated the coming of the 21st century without being able to read a book or sign their name

Preventable diseases like Malaria afflict nearly 500 million people every year

Africa alone accounts for roughly 1 million deaths due to Malaria annually. Most of them are children

Speaking of children, there are 2.2 billion children in the world.

Half of them live in extreme poverty

Over 1 billion people have inadequate access to water and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation. Many times this means no separation of drinking water and toilet water.

That is why 1.8 million children die every year of diarrhoea

Approximately half of the world’s population now lives in cities and about one third of those in the cities live in slum conditions

In fact, slum growth is outpacing urban growth by a frighteningly large margin

One quarter of humanity lives without electricity

The 7 richest people in the world make more than the poorest 41 countries combined (roughly 567 million people)

.14% of the world population own over 80% of the world’s private financial wealth. The vast majority of that wealth has managed to avoid all income and estate taxes, either by the countries where it has been invested or where it comes from.

For every in aid that a developing country receives, over is spent on debt repayment.

The poorer the country, the more likely it is that the debt repayments are being extracted directly from the people who neither contracted the loans nor received any money

In 1998 billion dollars was spent on cosmetics in the United States, billion was spent on ice cream in the European Union, billion was spent on pet food in Europe and the US, 0 billion was spent on alcohol in Europe, 0 billion was spent on narcotics globally, and 0 billion was spent on militaries around the world.

In the same year billion was spent on achieving basic education for all, billion was spent on basic water and sanitation for all, and billion was spent on basic health and nutrition for all

If you are reading this list then you are in the top 30% of the world’s population when it comes to poverty and wealth

With new technologies we now grow enough food to feed 10 billion people or 1.5 times the world population. The problem is that most of the world can’t afford to buy that food.

If the world spent less than 1% of what it spends on weapons all the previously mentioned issues would be fixed
25 Sobering Statistics On Global Poverty That Might Upset You

25 Responses to “25 Sobering Statistics On Global Poverty That Might Upset You”

  1. Savannah Clark says:

    Because nothing says Christmas like global poverty. This is so sad…

  2. Karisma FX says:

    Like Russel Brand said 40 billion dollars can stop the poverty in the world
    we all live in, but trillions of dollars are given to rich men. Makes no
    sense. Its sad that only about less then 10 billionaires try to help the
    problems and the other hundreds just laugh at unsuccessful people, funny
    that we all live in the same planet. 

  3. weirdshibainu says:

    Can’t feed feed kids… Don’t have them.

  4. KJV Prepper says:

    This is so sickening when you hear it. Makes you have to be thankful even
    if you have it bad, there is always someone worse.

  5. Bjørn Olav Voster says:

    +Bart De Bock Nothing. Nothing at all.

  6. UnbEaTabiL pErson says:

    -US have 4% population of World and spends 700billion$(40% of total world
    military spending) on Military.
    -NATO have 12% population of World population and spend 1.03trillion$ (70%
    of total World defense budget) on Military.

  7. kaizer soze says:

    2:23 spray painted washers.

  8. Jared Dean says:

    it’s good info our grandfathers and mothers have failed us they stood by
    and let this happen now it’s up to us to try and fix this.

  9. WhoStoleMahGuns says:

    Do you know why these piss-ant people are poor? Because they are fucking
    greedy and ignorant.

    Once one person in these shit countries get some kind of wealth, they kill
    others for more.

    Whereas in rich countries, we are educated and less greedy.

  10. InvalidWaffle98 says:

    The other day I was talking to my parents about politics and stuff and I
    said “dad, what do you think is the worst thing that has ever happened to
    the world.” My dad simply said “human kind.” That got me thinking a lot… 

  11. jack duval says:

    So sad:(””’ we really don’t know how good we have it…

  12. Brandon Beary says:

    wow..

  13. Tiek Bane says:

    Well, I aint buying no presents on Mandela Day.

  14. TheisBachJ says:

    I had malaria but i got cured :-) I hope that the rich will give their
    money to the poor! :-)

  15. Nouă Çandra says:

    No words left 

  16. Rayman2457 says:

    It is kind of true that throwing money at a poor man wouldn’t do much,
    because a wise man once said, “If you give a beggar a million dollars he’ll
    buy food until he’s full. Then he’d realize bread isn’t the only thing for
    sale.”

  17. 1jpministries says:

    AND HERE I THOUGHT THE “MEGA CHURCHES” WERE HELPING???

    AFTERALL THEY TAKE THE PPL’S MONEY AND “THEY” CLAIM TO HELPING BUT WE SEE
    THIS POVERTY TO CONTINUE WHILE THE PASTORS R GETTIN FAT AND HAVIN LEAR JETS
    AND LUXURY CARS…..

    WHILE THE CONGREGATION IS LOSIN THEIR HOMES AND THINGS AND GOIN HUNGRY

    I UNDRSTND EVEN JOYCE MEYER IS ONE OF THEM….

    HAVE U EVER ASKED A MEGA CHURCH FOR HELP?

    I HAVE AND DIDNT GET A REPLY AFTER THE THOUSANDS I GAVE THEY R THE MOST
    GREEDY, SELFISH PPL

    AND R THEY REALLY HELPIN AT DISTASTERS????

    YES WE PRAY FOR THEM

    AND THEY HAVE TWISTED SCRIPTURE TO FIT THEIR OWN NEEDS. OF MATERIALISM.
    JOYCE MEYER HAS HELP TO DO HER HAIR FOR WHAT AND Y ITS SHORT LIKE A BOYS
    HAIRCUT

    IM EXPOSING SHEEP IN WOLVES CLOTHING BEWARE OF THEM

  18. Jerry Collins says:

    Before I’d send my money to preachers like Swaggart, I’d spend it on Whores
    and liquor myself, and cut out the middle man

  19. stevenator0281 says:

    Poverty is relative. 10,000 years ago this was “normal.”

  20. googiespage says:

    Sure there are poor people, but that is not our problem. Africa, by far
    the poorest continent, has land suitable for farms, they have natural
    resources, they could have booming tourism industries. But all of that is
    wasted. Australia, Canada, Norway, and many other countries are rich even
    though most of the land is unusable.
    There is nothing wrong with the rich countries being “greedy”, that is
    how the world works. I am not blaming the people of the poor countries, but
    more the governments.
    If sharing wealth would help, why is North Korea still starving? 

  21. White Chocolate says:

    that last pics with all the guns was sexy. I want all of them.

  22. SinerAthin says:

    The problem is not just economics.

    But at the very soul of the poorer countries.

    They need a culture that promotes self sacrifice, innovation & hard work,
    something to instill a sense of honor in their work and unity in their
    nation.

    One of the biggest issues with many poorer countries is that they are
    basically just an army of individuals who only care about themselves/their
    family and/or tribe.

  23. fifthgear93 says:

    1:48 “Slum growth is outpacing urban growth by a frighteningly large
    margin” – this is not an exact statistic and doesn’t tell me anything. A
    frighteningly large margin might be 2/1 for some and 100/1 for others.

  24. TP of SAM says:

    It sounds fucked up but “survival of the fittest”. Do I feel bad for those
    kids starving and dying? Yes. However, the planet is way too populated. If
    I actually believed that my money went to help kids instead of padding
    pockets, what would those kids grow up to have? The same condition as their
    parents? I’m not going to support families that have nine kids while they
    live in shacks and wonder why they can’t support themselves. It’s a
    repetitive cycle. I’m grateful for what I have but at the same time, I feel
    like this might be for the best. This is a natural part of life and is seen
    in the animal kingdom as well as humanity.

  25. tres2112 says:

    why would it upset me?

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