Worldwide, over three billion people live on less than 2.50 USD a day. The poorest 40% of the world gets only 5% of the income. There are 2.2 billion children in the world and 1 billion of them live in poverty. Today, over one billion people live in slums. To be a slum a settlement must have: “Poor structural quality and durability of housing, insufficient living areas (more than three people sharing a room), lack of secure tenure, poor access to water, and lack of sanitation facilities” (“About Slums”). These are shocking statistics. It is sad how people ignore this today. Compared to the world, people that are poor in the US would be considered upper class in some of these countries. Poor people in the US still have cell phones and TV’s. Poor people in the impoverished countries live in huts and half to walk miles to get water from a well.
The poverty today in the world can compare to the poverty in England and France in the late 18th century. In England and France, many people were very impoverished. They were out of work or worked for very little and were starving. This is the case for many people worldwide today. Sadly, the rich people looked down upon these people and didn’t use their power or wealth to help these people. This can be compared to wealthy countries today that ignore the impoverished and starving.
The attitude towards the extreme poor hasn’t changed much since the late 18th century. In the 18th century royalty and the wealthy lived the good life with tons of money while the rest of the country starved. This can be compared to today. Half the people in the world live in extreme poverty and most people don’t even think twice about it. Think about all the money spent on military, entertainment, and junk food that could otherwise be used to feed the poor hundreds of times over.
Shah, Anup. “Poverty Facts and Stats.” Global Issues. 07 Jan. 2013. Web. 05 Mar. 2014....