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Poverty in Asia
In 1998 Asia (including South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific region)
accounted for about two-thirds of the world’s 1.2 billion poorest people.
people all lived on less than $1 per day. South Asia—that is, the Indian
subcontinent, which includes India, Nepal, and Bangladesh—had about 522
million people living in extreme poverty in 1996. India had the greatest
number of poor of any country in the world—more than 300 million people,
more than one-third of its population. The
caste system associated with
Hinduism, the dominant religion in India, helps perpetuate some of this poverty.
This system keeps many families poor from generation to generation by assigning
certain groups of people to low status.
Approximately 267 million people in East and Southeast Asia lived on less than
$1 per day in 1998. China has very large numbers of poor due to the great size
of its rural population. Such Southeast Asian countries as Vietnam, the
Philippines, and Indonesia also rank among the world’s poorest.
Several wars have contributed to poverty in South and East Asia. World
War II (1939-1945) and the wars in Korea (1950-1953) and Vietnam (1959-1975)
damaged land, crops, and forests; prevented many people from making a living;
and killed and dislocated millions. In the late 20th century, governments and
industries around these regions sponsored massive deforestation, mining, and
damming projects that damaged or hindered access to forests, fields, and water
resources. Such projects also forced many people to abandon their homes and
fields, making them more susceptible to poverty.
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Nearly half of Asian kids live in poverty
half of Asia’s 1.27 billion children live in poverty — deprived of food,
safe drinking water, health or shelter, a development agency said in a report.
While 600 million children under the age of 18 lack access to one of these basic
human needs, more than 350 million are deprived of two or more of these needs,
said Growing up in Asia, a report from the child humanitarian
Plan said half of Asia’s families are not benefiting from economic growth and
globalization. It blamed the pressure of rapid population growth on scarce
resources; lack of access to education, healthcare, clean water and sanitation;
caste discrimination; and weak governance and corruption.
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keeping children out of school
Widespread poverty and
ignorance are forcing more than half the number of children of Danuwar
community at Bhimtar village in Sindhupalchok out of schools. They can
instead be found wasting their time fishing.
Although there is a lower secondary school at Bhimtar, more than half the number
of children in the village are without any education, Krishna Prasad Shrestha,
headmaster of Bhimeshwor Lower Secondary School, said.
“Only fifty percent of all children in this village
have been admitted to the school. The enrolled students too attend the school
according to their will.” Shrestha said.
Most of the children in Bhimtar were busy fishing and playing other games
rather than studying, the guardians of the students said.
“Children who earn by selling fish do not like to go to
school,” local guardians said.
There are around 248 school age boys and 193 girls in the village. Among
them, only 46 boys and 15 girls have been admitted in the school. Even among
them, many students quit schooling early.
Source: South Asian Media
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Poverty in Europe
new report suggests that as many as fifty-million children may be living in
poverty in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is very serious
number of poor children which should be reduced. For more information about
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