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10 Sobering Poverty Statistics That May Shock You

Revolutionary South African leader Nelson Mandela understood the collective implications of poverty and the solution to eliminate it. He once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

Here are 10 global poverty statistics that need our attention.


Photo: matterfreeman

Photo: matterfreeman

Almost half the world – over 3 billion people – live on less than $2.50 a day.

Some people live for an entire day on the same amount of money an American pays for a loaf of bread.  Not because they choose to, but because they have to. Their meager means has to cover the cost of food, shelter, water, medical needs and other necessities. When you add it up, there are 3 billion people who  survive on about US$900 a year.

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3 thoughts on “10 Sobering Poverty Statistics That May Shock You

  1. Zeondra Gayle says:

    I'm worried that of all the articles on this site, this issue has no comments. No shock at this. No worry? Nothing? So much money spent on guns, weapons of war, useless material goods and so little on developing countries. Many of which are in this situation because they were preyed upon by First Word countries and still continue to be preyed upon by them. Do we only care about arguing about who is black or what black women wear or how they dance as black people, or which celebrity did this? Whenever I volunteered at places, I always felt upset at the situation. Will we always turn a blind eye at the suffering of others because it does not concern us? Too few of us try to alleviate this problem.

  2. Kay Adler says:

    Children do not vote and therefore are insignificant to the powers that are in contorl in this Capitalistic society. karma 10.

  3. Jaunita Veasy says:

    Poverty will always exist as long as the health and wellbeing of children is not a priority. Investing in all children is an investment in everyone’s future. One’s priority is not based on what they say it is, but how they spend their time, money and resources. Children can’t vote, however their parents, uncle, aunts, grandparents and neighbors can. Every voter should ask the question, of every candidate. What are you going to do for the health and well-being of children and what have you already done?

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