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..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::..

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Asia accounted for two-third of the world's 1.2 billion poorest people. They live off everyday with less than $1, which is not even enough to buy sufficient food to be full. It is said that wars is part of the reason for so many people to be in poverty. Wars destroyed their source of income, their houses and many others. How lost would they feel when they realise they lost everything in a blink of an eye? They worked hard to gain everything back but many failed, hence they landed into poverty.

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Wan Ting Wong's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:39 AM

From the article, i see that about two third of the world's population
are made up of poor people. Factors which lead to poverty are wars,
projects on deforestation and mining. From the picture i see women
and children wearing dirty clothes and muddy hair, which tells me
how long those people have not bathed.The children are also thin ,
therefore i know that people there have not enough food and water to
drink, bathe or eat. The article also states that nearly half of Asian
kids are living in poverty. Those children could not afford education,
medical supplies, which also means they have no qualifications to
find a decent job when they grow up. I think if those children do not
have money in the future, their children would suffer and this continues
on generation by generation. Also, the article states that poverty is
keeping children out of school, only a handful of children in one village
gets admitted in school. Thus this article makes me wonder why the government not subsidies the prices of daily needs for people living in poverty? Why is the government reluctant to take away caste discrimination? Why do the people not do anything about it?

Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:29 AM

The article states that Indian sub continent had many people living in extreme poverty.This is due to the fact that majority of the poor are part of the caste system which gives the people affected by poverty a low status.This means that the next generation cannot get out of poverty due to their low status.Is it possible to abolish this caste system even though it is part of their religion to help these people get better lives? And if possible,how so?

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:04 AM

Asia is acounted for the worst in poverty. They have less htna a dollar a day to spend in everything. They do not have enough money to buy their stuff. The war destroy their Loved ones, livs and their belongings. It is up to us to change the world and give out our helping hand! 

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Somalia: Hunger Made in the USA | The Media Freedom Foundation

Somalia: Hunger Made in the USA | The Media Freedom Foundation | Poverty Assignment_Koo Xin Yi | Scoop.it
The eastern African nation of Somalia is the site of an unfolding humanitarian nightmare ― a massive famine that has cost tens of thousands of Somali lives in.

Via Mohamed Saleck
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Famine had cost ten of thousands lives in just months, and also around 640 thousand acutely malnourished and 3.2 million needing immediate life-saving assistance. Due to a drought and rebels, a massive famine is made which costed lives. How painful is it to see your children, family and friends dying but yet you cannot do anything to help as you yourself is not any better. How does it feel to always feel hungry but have nothing to feed on? I do not think it is fair for them to suffer due to the actions of rebels. Much more lives could have been saved if not for their actions.

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The poor in Toronto: They're working but not getting any richer - Globe and Mail

The poor in Toronto: They're working but not getting any richer - Globe and Mail | Poverty Assignment_Koo Xin Yi | Scoop.it
Globe and MailThe poor in Toronto: They're working but not getting any richerGlobe and MailAcross Canada, a job is no longer a ticket out of poverty, or a safeguard against it.

Via Kevin Nixon
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In this article, it shows that even employed people are drowning into the pool of poverty. Having a job means having income. However, some people could hold onto several jobs but still get a lower pay compared to others who worked for the same duration. In fact, the wages they earned and hours they spent often does not make ends meet, hence poverty within the working class exists. I feel that it is unfair to work so hard for hours and still get a pay that is not worth it and that they definitely deserve more.

Finding another job is also difficult. One can have many degrees, diploma and years of experience but yet cannot qualify for a job in his field due to the high expectations. Although it is true that a certain level of education is required to qualify for a job, however I personally feel that they should be given a chance to try it out. If no one is willing to give them a chance, they will only give up on finding a job and later on themselves, hence falling deeper into poverty.

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment_Koo Xin Yi | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

Via britishroses, Devyabharati
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After reading this article, I learnt that poverty not only led to diseases, but also mental illnesses. They have to live their lives on tenterhooks. The constant worries and stress for unemployment, shelter, food, water and others resulted to mental illnesses. I think the stares from passer-bys also is a factor to having mental illnesses, most likely depression. Being forced to live at poor environment, both mental illness and diseases are hard to avoid. I wonder what can be done to help these people.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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H5N1: Haiti: Water as the most pressing need

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Via the Shots health blog at NPR: Water In The Time Of Cholera: Haiti's Most Urgent Health Problem. Excerpt: In the teeming city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, millions of people have no reliable water supply.

Via sk
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Due to natural diseases and some other factors, Haiti does not have a reliable water source. In order to suppress their thirst, they drank contaminated water which led to the outbreak of cholera. There is only water from a garden hose from a hole in the pavement. Despite being worried of cholera, they still drank the water as they do not have a choice. If they do not drink the water, they will die from thirst. I wonder what can be done to help them.

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Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:10 AM

Haiti had destroyed many lives. The citizens of haiti is badly in need of water. Despite the need they get water from a contaminated hose which leads to a different end. The contaminated water causes them to have a disease named Cholera,  which is an urgent health problem. Despite the contamination, they still drink from that hose as they do not have a choice or to die of thirst.I wonder what can be done to help them.