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Poverty

Percentage population living on less than 1 dollar day 

"We have enough for everybody's need. But not enough for everybody's greed"~Mahatma Gandhi

No man should be allowed or forced to die, because he cannot afford to live~Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.~Charles Darwin

"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty."-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"For all too many... life is a continuous struggle against hunger, malnutrition, polluted drinking water, infectious disease, ignorance, oppression and violent conflict"-Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not being able to go to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom. 

Of the world’s 6 billion people, more than 1.2 billion live on less than $1 a day. Two billion more people are only marginally better off. About 60 percent of the people living on less than $1 a day live in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. 

  • The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income

  • More than 1.2 billion people—one in every five on Earth—survive on less than $1 a day

  • The top 1% of the world’s richest people earn as much as the poorest 57%

GDP on a purchasing power parity basis divided by population as of 1 July for the same year

Top 25 Countries

Bottom 25 Countries

25 Richest People In the World

 

 

 

Credit: World Bank, U.S. Census Bureau, United Nations,Forbes,Getty images,AFP Photo