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Global Poverty

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Global Poverty
Poverty has existed for a a great period of time, and to different measures it remains worldwide still now in the this 21st century. In undeveloped societies it was most often the case that everybody was equally poor, but more modern societies have generally tended to involve poverty being confined to an often substantial minority only.
About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger related causes, according to the United Nations. This is one person every three and a half seconds and unfortunately it is children who die most often.
Even though there is plenty of food in the world for everyone, the problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food and becoming constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them not able to work which makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families.
              The effects of poverty are most often interrelated so that one problem hardly ever occurs alone. For instance, bad sanitation makes it easier to spread around old and new diseases, and hunger and lack of water make people more vulnerable to them. Other primary factors that may lead to poverty include overpopulation, the unequal distribution of resources in the world economy, inability to meet high standards of living and costs of living, inadequate education and employment opportunities, environmental degradation, certain economic and demographic trends, and welfare incentives. Reduced communities often suffer from discrimination and end up caught in cycles of poverty. This creates long lasting handicaps and troubles that are passed on from one generation to another: no school education, child labor to help the parents, lack of basic hygiene, transmission of diseases, etc. Unemployment - another major ingredient for creating poverty - and very low incomes create an environment where kids can't simply go to...

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