Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in poverty? No proper food, shelter or even clean water. And have you ever stopped for a moment and thought about how inequality and separation has affected the world? Everyone is born different yet we still treat each other differently because of our race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexuality. Poverty and Inequality has been one of the world’s major concerns. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
Poverty is the inability to afford the resources you need to survive; water, food, shelter and results in a few getting wealthy and the majority living in poverty. Inequality is the limiting of people’s social status. This has an effect on your income, resources, opportunities, citizenship and civil rights, lifestyle, education and the list goes on (The Stanford Center, n.d.). Poverty is increasing day by day and this is because the governments in many countries have limited access to resources to supply to the people (Global Issues, 2013). Over 3 billion people survive on less than $2.50 a day. One in every two children lives in poverty. Millions live without proper shelter, safe water or access to health services. In 2003, 10.6 million died before they reach the age of 5 (Global Issues, 2013). This means that there have been roughly 29000 deaths per day.
Poverty exists in all countries in the world but is most severe in lower income countries. The rate of poverty is higher in countries that have weak economy, industrialization and high rates of population growth. The world’s richest country and poorest country are known to be Qatar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with Qatar being the richest (Global Finance, 2013). Qatar is rich in resources particularly oil and natural gases (Maps of World, n.d.). Poor countries such as Congo remain poor because of industrialization, overpopulation, limited amount of resources, colonialism, education, government and debt (Maps of World, n.d.).
In Thailand, the government has been focused on economic developments and improving the country. Many people have moved to urban areas to find jobs. The economic improvements also attracted workers from neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia making them move in for employment. But some people still continue to live in poverty. The poor people in Thailand had lack of farmland and illegal occupations. Some students also...