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Racism is a white man's invention: Indians may be bigoted, prejudiced and ... - Daily Mail

Racism is a white man's invention: Indians may be bigoted, prejudiced and ... - Daily Mail | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it
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This is what the piece said: "Though rarely racist, Britons are exceptionally hostile to immigration - more so than Germans, French or the Dutch.

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Yong Jian's insight:

From what i have seen, I feel that racism is not forgiveable. Many people in india do not want to have a foreigner to live beside them.  This thought must be changed immediately as this might lead to a possible war in the future. I think that the reason for people to be racist is that they are often influence by their environment, friends, parents and maybe the government. The government often have a special rule about foreigner which make them not wanting to live in india. In order to solve this problem, people with the right mindset should influence each other positively. I wonder what is the future holds for people who are racist. 

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:31 AM

India is the world's second-most racist country after Jordan. I think that people should be more accepting towards other races,their languages as well as their religion and not be prejudice. It do not matter what colour we are, as we are all humans, and have blood flowing in us. I wonder if racism will continue and is the government going to do anything about it . Racism had also become a serious issue.

Seamus Ong's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:55 AM

This is my insight using the see-think-wonder routine. From this article I can see that people are being judged by the colour of their skin, accent and other stuff. I see that most races are being judged based on what the minority from the race does like how some act or talk in public and based on that, other racial groups are under the impression that all people of that certain race is like that and they thus sterotype or generalise everyone belonging to that race. this article makes me think that racism is a big problem and one of the main causes of conflict in multienthnic societies like racial riots. I wonder if racism will ever stop.

Asha Begum's curator insight, July 6, 5:20 AM

Treating the Indians in this way is not right. White men should change their perception of Indian people. Racism should stop because it is not fair to be prejudiced. 

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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

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From the article, i have seen that the tamils and sinhalease were fighting over for their rights and to receive the better treatment. Arguments and violents often erupted in the early years. To make matter worst, the Tamil United Liberation Front was created to fight for the tamil rights. They often adopted violence to achieve the things they wanted. As a result, many lives were lost. All of these battles and conflicts boil down to one thing: fair treatments. In the early years, the tamils received special rights and treatments that are better than the sinhalese. Over the next few years, their roles were changed. All of the people viewed this matter differently, and often results in violence. If they can see the matter in a different angle and solve things peacefully, Sri Lanka would not be shattered. Since these conflicts happened, nothing can be done to undo it. We can only try to salvage the situation. I think that the people in sri lanka can try to forgive each other and put down their resentment behind. Instead of fighting over who is the better man, they should try to work together and strive forward, building Sri Lanka up to be a better country. I wonder what does the futures holds for Sri Lanka. 

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:59 AM

After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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Asian women workers risk "persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation"

Asian women workers risk "persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation" | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it

BANGKOK (TrustLaw) – Women workers in Asia face the risk of “persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation” despite a recovering economy and their huge potential due to prejudice, according to a report by the International Labour Organisation and Asian Development Bank. A large majority of women here are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulnerable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection and at the lowest rung of the global supply chain, it said. While progress has been made in past decades addressing gender inequalities, “discrimination against women remains pervasive throughout the labour markets of the region,” Women and labour markets in Asia: Rebalancing Gender Equality said. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women’s limited access to employment opportunities and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education.
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Yong Jian's insight:

I think that asian woman should have an equal treatment like man. They shouldn’t be stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulnerable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection and at the lowest rung of the global supply chain. This all come down to education. In their early lifes, woman should have gone through a proper education. This could allow them to have more skills and can have a proper job in the future. Of course, they don’t have the ability. Thus, they need helps from the government. If the government could help them have a proper education, their lives would be different now.

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Tan Jun Wei's curator insight, February 3, 2013 1:28 PM

This is my insight using one of the thinking methods. As stated in the article, a large majority of women are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulenrable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women's limited access to employment opportunites and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education. I think that both males and females should be treated equally the same with the same job opportunites and also recieving proper education as both males and females ara humans too and therefore we need to have the same job opportunies and recieve proper education so that we can earn enough money for ourselves and family and also to help out with the growth of the country. I wonder if the government or any other organisations will help out by setting up campaigns to support the idea of both males and females to have equal rights.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:58 AM

Although the poverty gender gap is higher than any other developed country, the “feminization of poverty” is a global problem. This is not because women do less work. Quite the opposite: Women produce half of the world’s food and by some estimates work two-thirds of the world’s working hours. Women and men did different work based on the demands of childbearing and the community’s reproduction, but all people were valued for their contributions to the survival of their society. Women were held in the highest esteem. Once society separated into social classes, however, women were pushed into a subordinate role. Men dominated private property and its inheritances from generation to generation. Women became the property of their fathers and husbands in the same way that slaves were the property of their owners. Women, both enslaved and free, were largely without independent property and legal rights. Under feudalism, the product of their labours, both in the home and outside of it, was controlled by the men.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:09 AM

This article depicts the inequality of the priviledges of the females and the males. The males are seen as superior, having a more stable job than the females, who were given a lesser paying job. However, gender discrimination is not something that can be easily passed off as both genders contribute an equal amount of hard work, except that they contribute to different categories in the industry, based on their strengths. I think that females should also be given a chance to have a proper job, especially females who have a family to support. There might be females that are able to do a better job than the males in that particular job. Will this kind of gender discrimination continue to affect the poverty of those families?

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Partnership: The key to food security and poverty eradication | The ...

Partnership: The key to food security and poverty eradication | The ... | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it

For example, in projects and initiatives like PAEPARD, CAADP-CGIAR Alliance and IRD/CIRAD collaborative platforms among others, it is not only scientists who are involved in research, but also other stakeholders along the agriculture value chain: farmers, researchers, extension officers, the private sector, academia, processors, exporters, input suppliers and others.


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From this article, I’ve learnt that partnership is the key if we want to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers and increase food production by 70% to feed a population of 9 billion in 2050. This project is very significant as it helps to increase the food in this world. Besides increasing the amount of food, we can also decrease the number of people that doesn’t have a proper meal. This will then reduce the number of people who have illnesses.

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Yu Bixun's curator insight, February 2, 2013 7:50 AM

I see that partnership is an important key to improve the livelihoods of the farmers in increasing food productions to feed the growing population of everyone on Earth, as collaborations of companies are needed to do the plannings, research and executions of this project. I think it would be better if companies from different countries come to work together to have knowledge of the conditions of food productions from all around the world which can be useful in their project. I wonder if companies involve in this project can send messages around to promote saving and conserving food by advertisements as it could be a benefit to the project.

Jasmine Ng's comment, February 3, 2013 9:57 AM
After reading this article, im really glad the people helping the farmers and i've learnt that patnership is important. If we want to increase the livelihood of farmers and increase food production.The project important as we can decrease the amount of people who dont have a proper meal by increasing the amount of food produced. But will the people spend their time and money on this issue ?
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:12 AM

After reading this article, im really glad the people helping the farmers and i've learnt that patnership is important. If we want to increase the livelihood of farmers and increase food production.The project important as we can decrease the amount of people who dont have a proper meal by increasing the amount of food produced. But will the people spend their time and money on this issue ?

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

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From this article, the poors can't have an education without the help of SRA. Money matters a lot in this society. It's unfair, as it's such a pity if they are talented yet poor. With the help of SRA, they can have an equal opportunity to study and have a chance to compete with others. We do have this system in Singapore. However, if a poor child that likes to study, but doesn't score well in his examinations, he can’t receive the edusave award. Isn't this unfair too? I truly believe that Edusave Award, just like SRA, belongs to everyone.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.

 

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Entitlement Is The Way To Failure

Entitlement Is The Way To Failure | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it

Entitlement in the online world

I feel like a lot of people have a sense of entitlement that they bring to the online world. People sniff around Facebook and Twitter and say, “Oh, well that person is making tons of money because of their online presence. I should be able to do that too.” The sense of the American dream – of going from “rags to riches” through hard work and dedication, seems to be dissipating. People are no longer willing to wait. if someone else has found success, they also want that success, and like the little girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Veruca Salt, they want it now.

Entitlement and Engagement Don’t Mix

If you bring with you a sense of entitlement to the online world, it becomes exponentially more difficult to engage in meaningful ways with people...


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Yong Jian's insight:

From what i have seen, people who feel that the world owes him or have a sense of entitlement often lead to their astray. With these thoughts, the people will be very selfish and only cares about themselves, but never spare a though for the others. With that sense of entitlement, they will never strive hard to achieve something they want. With that sense of entitlement, they would not be elated even after achieving something they want because they feel like they deserve it. Nothing in this world are being entitled to us. Food, oxygen, trees, tables, paper, people who love you, all of these are not entitled to us. In order to solve this problem, we must have the mindset that thinks" nobody owes me a living". We should go out and fight for what we want, we  should fight with integrity and respect. This can be seen in the CEO of the google company. They started out as a small company, but because of the positive mindset, they become a huge company now. Sometimes, i do wonder if there is any other factors leading to failure other than having a sense of entitlement. 

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Chan Loveshislife's curator insight, June 22, 2013 2:15 AM

This article i feel is very intresting, as instead of talking about the usual rags to riches stories. It goes in depth to show how others are affected by stories  of people who make it big, through dedication and hardwork. Apparently people are impatient and after seeing how others through sweat and sacrifice earn a lot of money via the internet especially, people build false hopes and dreams thinking they can do it too. But, ultimately not realizing that it takes more than luck and intellect. And they, as i earlier stated become impatient, they want to become rich NOW. This proves that most people are unable to comprehend the fact that turning oneself from rags to riches is not that easy and requires time and effort, it also makes stories of people from making it big in society much more inspirational as they have gone through a lot of tough times to achieve what they have now in life. People after reading this article will come to understand the basic principle of life that nothing is free in this universe,and everything has a price tag. Even the air that we breathe is not free, it comes with the price of our lives. Think about it, with no life the air surrounding us is useless. That is what i have learnt from reading this article.

 

Yong Jian's curator insight, June 27, 2013 5:50 AM

From what i have seen, people who feel that the world owes him or have a sense of entitlement often lead to their astray. With these thoughts, the people will be very selfish and only cares about themselves, but never spare a though for the others. With that sense of entitlement, they will never strive hard to achieve something they want. With that sense of entitlement, they would not be elated even after achieving something they want because they feel like they deserve it. Nothing in this world are being entitled to us. Food, oxygen, trees, tables, paper, people who love you, all of these are not entitled to us. In order to solve this problem, we must have the mindset that thinks" nobody owes me a living". We should go out and fight for what we want, we  should fight with integrity and respect. This can be seen in the CEO of the google company. They started out as a small company, but because of the positive mindset, they become a huge company now. Sometimes, i do wonder if there is any other factors leading to failure other than having a sense of entitlement. 

Jun Liang's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:20 AM

From this article, I can see that people who feel that the world owes him or have a sense of entitlement often lead to their astray. These people often becomes selfish due to their thoughts. They only care about themselves and doesn't spare a thought for anyone else. Too often, these people are unable to achieve something that they want and even if they do achieve, they will just feel normal as it felt as if they deserve it in the first place. I feel that nothing in this world is entitled to us, and this phrase "No one ownes us a living" is a best representation of it. It the fighting for what we want, that actually gets us what we want. Sometimes, I still wonder what other factors can lead to failure, other than the sense of entitlement?

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Seeing Possibilities

Seeing Possibilities | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it
You are today where your thoughts have brought you & you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will lead you. Engage in the future when seeing possibilities.

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I have seen that people who are most exposed to negative news are often negative in their minds, thoughts, and views. To quote from the picture "attitude is everything", when one's attitude becomes negative because of his environment, his actions, his thoughts, his views, his future, have become negative too. In order to prevent this, I think they should have th mindset that they can give more than they take. It means they must do things for others without expecting anything from the others. They must also  know how to forgive people who hurt them, let go of all the hatred, and finally, they can see things in a positive prospect. I wonder if forgiving a person that has repeatedly hurting you considers a gracious act? 

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:23 AM

I can see that when people are awlays being exposed to negative thoughts and information, they tend to make bad choices due to their negative thoughts, affecting the way he or she lead their life. This cause people to feel demoralised , which will also affect the way they think.Thus, it is important to think positive, and see the brighter side of life. This will allow people to strive towards their goal, and have their desired outcome. I think attitude plays a important role in the way we think. i wonder why do people not think the positive side of life.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:59 AM

After reading this article, I realized that positive attitude is needed to determine the life we're living in and also the possibilities that we can achieve. Many people may be affected in their life due to the negative thoughts and attitude that they have, if they had positive attitude in all the things they do, they would live a better life and discover things that they might have never discovered before. These positive attitude and thoughts leads to finding even more possibilities and lead us to the right path onto our future.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:09 AM

From this article, i realise that with the right attitude, we can come up with all different kind of outcome in some situations. If your attitude is positive for everything, everything might just turn out the way that you want it. However if you have a negative attitude, things will not go the way you want it to and it might get even worse. Thus, i wonder why some people dont think with a positive attitude.

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Aghbalou: Water and Poverty in the Moroccan Desert | The Platform

Aghbalou: Water and Poverty in the Moroccan Desert | The Platform | Poverty Assignment_Leong Yong Jian | Scoop.it
The Platform / In Aghbalou: The Source of Water, Director Remigiusz Sowa explores the most unlikely and perilous of friendships, water and the desert (#CEP researcher John has been involved with production of Aghbalou: film about water &poverty...

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In the video, it show that they have lost 40% of their vegetation. By the year 2080, they will face 40% decrease in rainfall and the temperature will increase. However, the people are going head on with the problem as they are trying to solve every problem that has surfaced. For example, there’s not much water in the desert, and despite the harsh weather, they prove that cultivation of plots were possible. I truly respect them. Their ‘never die’ attitude is what we, students should have. I believe they can solve the incoming problems too.

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Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:22 AM

From this article we can see that the people are lack of water supply due to climate change, population growth and poverty. We all know the water is an essential tool in our lives for survival, without water we cannot live. There are many purposes of water, for drinking purposes, cooking, bathing, washing and growing crops. The people living in the Moroccan Desert have been sustaining water through an advanced medieval system of lengthy underground tunnels, known as khettara that channel groundwater to the plots. Now the system have been augmented by the rumbe of water pumps and black plastic webs of drip systems and problems rises. I wonder how the people living in the desert are going to survive without water supply to  quench their thirst and grow crops to feed their kids?

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:24 AM

I can see from the trailer of the video that the Moroccan Desert might no longer be able to cultivate crops for the people to eat. Water is scarce and from the pictures of the dried up ground, I can see that droughts often occur. With the increasing temperature all around the world with extreme weather patterns occurring, the land might soon be too dry to cultivate any further. This film about the relation of poverty and water allows viewers to understand the situation that these people are facing. By exploring this situation in details, I think that the director hopes to bring across the message that we should try our best to save as much water as possible. However, if the day when the land becomes unsuitable for planting, how will the people survive as water is essential to survive? Will they adapt new plantation method?

Jacob Ng's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:34 AM

From this article, we can clearly see that the Moroccan Desert has a lack of water due to various problems that they faced.Like for example the Khettaras , where there go to get their supply of water is slowly drying up due to problems like climate change, population growth and conflicts of rights etc.Water is an essential need in our daily lives, we need it for hydrating purposes and as well as planting crops.With all these problems cloggin up their essential needs in life, how are they gonna live on their everyday.Thus, despite all these hardship it hink that these people have a strong will in living on no matter what comes their way.

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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_Leong Yong Jian | 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,

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In this article, I see many poors lying on the street. Yes, living in poverty can lead to more illness. Without money, they can’t have a proper nutrition meal. This all comes down to the government. I truly believe that something can be done to help the poors, for example: Distribute food in the “poor” area, or the government can help the poors to get a job in the society. This helps to improve their living condition, and can help them be independent. Instead of wasting time on doing research, I believe they can do more to help the poors.

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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.