Absolute Poverty Essay

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Absolute Poverty Poverty is a broad issue; it has so many causes that we cannot tell what the real cause is. Historically poverty has many causes such as wars, slavery, conquest and colonialism. The factors of poverty are not what caused it but they are what maintain the conditions of poverty. Some factors of poverty are disease, ignorance, apathy, dishonesty and dependency. (Phil Bartle, March 10, 2011) Disease for instance contributes to other forms and aspects of poverty. When a country has a high disease percentage it means that the productivity rate decreases and the result is they cannot afford basic needs. In sub-Saharan Africa, measles takes the life of a child nearly every minute of every day. An effective measles vaccine costs as little as $1 per child “UNICEF, Copyright 2006 MMBrico”. In such countries, factors of disease are the weather and natural resources. As an example according to the “UNICEF, Copyright 2006 MMBrico”: “43% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have safe, accessible drinking water.” Not having access to health care causes more deaths every year. Another factor is ignorance meaning lack of information. The population in sub-Saharan Africa does not have access to education and if they do, they do not get the right education. Only few of them study but statistically speaking about 120,000 African children in which some are as young as seven years old participate in armed conflicts and the reason is education (Africa Children’s Charter). If the parents were educated, they would not send their children or if they had the resources to raise their children in good conditions, they would not send them. Another example is 200.000 child slaves, sold every year in Africa. In West Africa alone, there are an estimated 8,000 girl slaves. As you may see slavery was part of the history but the truth is that it still exists

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