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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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