Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Rich and Poor

20% of the worlds population account for 86% of global consumption.

The income gap between the the fifth of the world's population living in the richest countries and the fifth in the poorest is 74 to 1 in 1998.

The three richest people on the planet have assets that exceed the combined gross national product of the forty-eight least developed countries.

The income of the richest 1% adds up to that if the poorest 57%.

Among the 4.6 billion people in developing countries, three fifths lackbasic sanitation, one third have no safe drinking water and 11 million children under the age of five die every year from malnutrition or easily preventable diseases.

Europe and America receive in debt repayments between $20 and $40 billion more than what is given out in 'aid' (so called aid because it is usually a commercial loan given with political strings attached).

Who is your neighbour?

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