Wednesday, January 11, 2006

10 Reasons to Make Poverty History

A recent email from World Vision challenged readers to take action against poverty.

Here’s ten reasons why:

1. Half the world’s population (2.8 billion) lives on less than $2 a day.

2. 300 million children suffer from hunger.

3. Every day, nearly 29,000 children under age 5 die, mostly from malnutrition or preventable disease.

4. Man-made food crises have more than doubled since 1992.

5. In the developing world one in five children does not have access to safe water.

6. 90% of deaths from war since 1990 have been civilians. 80% of these have been women and children.

7. 40 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS.

8. Today, 15 million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

9. Of the total number of young people infected by HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa, 76% are women.

10. Life expectancy in South Africa: Today, 43; before HIV/AIDS, 68.

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