Where are we in the battle against poverty and hunger?


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The Eight Millennium Development Goals cont.

Step one: Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

hungerA 15 year old dog is doing great! Many children in sub-Saharan Africa do not survive to be 15.

While extreme poverty is inconceivable for many parts of the world, reports of the United Nations show that it is the grotesque reality for more that 1 billion people, relying on less that $1 a day to meet their daily needs. In the same time, thoughts about “extreme poverty” are far, far away from the daily concerns of Liza Mobini, 29. The former cheer leader has her cell phone loading pictures of Gigi, her dog, dressed as a princess for Halloween and as an angel for Christmas. And while Gigi spends a “yappy hour” at a boutique, lack of food seriously threatens children’s physical and mental development in many corners of the world.

In this reality of growing socio-economic issues, many people in San Francisco have invented a way to escape boredom and feel useful in the same time by arranging massages for their dogs, worth $75 an hour and taking the cute furry creatures to acupuncturists. Liza confesses something about her favorite Gigi: “Honestly, she has a better wardrobe than I do”. Ambassadors of the goodwill associations confess in their reports that more than a quarter of children under age of 5 in developing countries are malnutritioned.

Recently, communities have discussed a particular point of Darwin’s theory – it appears that, in our reality, survival is not granted to the fittest, but, moreover, to the richest. The tendency is that rich people and countries are becoming even richer while “the very poor are getting pooper.” The latter is part of The United Nations’ report of 2005. Reports of the World Bank for 2005 show that 59 countries have low-income economies and 54 more have low-middle-income economies. 55 countries are said to have high-income economies. The important thing to point out is that 48 countries from sub-Saharan Africa and 8 from South Asia are not among the low-income economies, but are placed in a different category that stands for extreme poverty and total lack of functioning economy. Keeping the statistics in mind might prevent you from getting angry next time you see that your favorite CD or DVD has a huge scratch upon it. We are reminded every day that we need to spare our minds of negativism and that being angry adds a few wrinkles on the skin. And while people are preoccupied with such concerns, we are blinded for the more global picture. The paradox is that in a modern world of Globalization and concern for others, self-help books that teach us how to become our own best friend are best-sellers.

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