POVERTY NEVER TAKES A HOLIDAY - FIGHT POVERTY AND HUNGER
“I know poverty because poverty was there before I was born and it has become part of life like the blood through my veins. Poverty is not going empty for a single day and getting something to eat the next day. Poverty is going empty with no hope for the future. Poverty is getting nobody to feel your pain and poverty is when your dreams go in vain because nobody is there to help you. Poverty is watching your mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters die in pain and in sorrow just because they couldn't get something to eat. Poverty is hearing your grandmothers and grandfathers cry out to death to come take them because they are tired of this world. Poverty is watching your own children and grandchildren die in your arms but there is nothing you can do. Poverty is watching your children and grandchildren share tears in their deepest sleep. Poverty is suffering from HIV/AIDS and dying a shameful death but nobody seems to care". " Poverty is when you hide your face and wish nobody could see you just because you feel less than a human being. Poverty is when you dream of bread and fish you never see in the day light. Poverty is when people accuse you and prosecute you for no fault of yours but who is there to say some for you? Poverty is when the hopes of your fathers and grandfathers just vanish within a blink of an eye. I know poverty and I know poverty just like I know my father's name. Poverty never sleeps. Poverty works all day and night. Poverty never takes a holiday" (One Poor African)
ABOUT 20% OF AFRICA'S CHILDREN DIE BEFORE THE AGE OF FIVE
Go to any village in Africa, and you will find dozens of little children playing with one another in the dust. Looking over them in the shade will be the grandmothers or other elders, ready to intervene when things get out of hand. If a child is hurt in the squabbles that inevitably arise, they run to soothing arms of their grandmothers. But war, AIDS, famine have brought to Africa an entirely new concept, children with no family members, no blood relatives, no extended family members. No elders to care for them, they are lost and bereft in a cruel world, and no one seems to care.
But Fr. Alphonse in Kabgayi, Rwanda and Fr. Piet in Uganda cared. They took in the children left alone by war, clothed them, fed them, housed them, cared for them. Without them the children would have had no one. facts:hunger in Africa
They were the lucky ones, but there are thousands like them without any Fr. Alphonse or Fr Piet. "Twenty percent of Africa's children will die before the age of five" a recently released report stated. The statement was part of a series of reports that demonstrate the horrible conditions currently facing children throughout Africa.
"Every day 30,000 children die from a combination of disease- infested water and malnutrition," the report continued. "Water-borne diseases are claiming one child every three seconds. These diseases are the major killers of small children in Africa." facts: poverty in Africa
In addition to those lives being claimed for lack of clean water and malnutrition, diseases such as AIDS, malaria, pneumonia and typhoid fever are killing record numbers as well. Poverty in Africa : Facts - child poverty in Africa
ABOUT 15 MILLION HIV/AIDS ORPHANS IN AFRICA- HELP NOW!
POVERTY IN AFRICA: FACTS - HUNGER AND HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA
"As a consequence of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa," one report stated, "it is estimated that more than 18 million people have died to date, of which over 3 million were children. Additionally, more than 25 million adults are currently infected which will result in the continued increase in the number of orphaned children.
To date, more than 15 million children have already been orphaned as a result of the epidemic. Another 1 million children are currently infected with the disease."Help fight child poverty in Africa. Help Fight diseases in Africa !
"As a consequence of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa," one report stated, "it is estimated that more than 18 million people have died to date, of which over 3 million were children.
Additionally, more than 25 million adults are currently infected which will result in the continued increase in the number of orphaned children. To date, more than 15 million children have already been orphaned as a result of the epidemic. Another 1 million children are currently infected with the disease." Help fight child poverty in Africa. Help save Africa
RURAL POVERTY IN AFRICA: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA
Three fourths of poor people in Western and Middle Africa — an estimated 90 million people — live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. One in five lives in a country affected by warfare. poverty in Africa
In conflict-torn countries such as Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Liberia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo, Sierra Leon, and Uganda, the capacity of rural people to make a livelihood has been dramatically curtailed by warfare, and per capita food production has plummeted.
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STARVATION IN AFRICA: FACTS - POOR FARMING PRACTICES
Land degradation, a consequence of extensive agriculture, deforestation and overgrazing, has reached alarming levels and further threatens livelihoods. The poorest people live in isolated zones, deprived of the social safety nets and poverty reduction programs available in semi-urban and urban areas.
West Africa and East Africa for example.
HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA: HIV/AIDS CASES IN WESTERN & MIDDLE AFRICA
The incidence of HIV/AIDS in Western and Middle Africa is generally lower than that of Eastern and Southern Africa, but the epidemic could spread dramatically
if it is not combated vigorously. Poverty never takes a holiday. Help now! Help fight poverty in Africa.
WHY IS AFRICA STILL POOR?
"Africa was poor, Africa is poor and Africa will continue to be poor if we the Africans are not ready to change Africa. Africa will remain poor if Africans are not ready to make Africa rich.
There is poverty in Africa and there is hunger everywhere on the continent of Africa. HIV/AIDs continues to kill Africans in record numbers. Africa is poor and there is no doubt Africa is poor. The question is not why Africa is poor but may be how we can make Africa rich. What we can do as individuals or groups to help change Africa.
There is poverty in Africa but Africa has almost all it takes to be the richest continent on earth. The major problem facing Africa today is corruption and poor leadership. There are greedy people in Africa including our leaders who don't care about their poor mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters.
Some people are too greedy and that is why Africa remains poor. People are killing their own brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers just to make money. People didn't care about yesterday and people don't even care about tomorrow. All they care about is money and money and that is why Africa remains poor.
All African leaders I know are corrupt in one way or the other. They come as saints and leave as devils.. An African president of a country is a president for a few selected people. An African president is a president for only the educated and a president for only those in the higher class. An African president sees no poverty. An African president sees no hunger. An African president sees no HIV. An African president knows no orphan.
An African president shows no mercy. An African presidents sees only money and money and nothing but money.. Not just the African president but the African prime minister, the African governor, the African Doctor, the African Judge, the African lawyer, the African King, and even the African Pastor. And that is why Africa is still poor and that is why Africa continues to wallow in poverty..."
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| EXTREME POVERTY IN AFRICA |
major problems facing Africa today
A child dies every three seconds from AIDS and extreme poverty, often before their fifth birthday.
More than one billion people do not have access to clean water.
Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
More than 50 percent of Africans suffer from water-related diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea.
source: World Bank stats
More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day, 300 million are children.
Of these 300 million children, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 percent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency.
facts: poverty level in Africa
200,000 child slaves are sold every year in Africa. There are an estimated 8,000 girl-slaves in West Africa alone. (sources: BBC 5 October, 2001 & Anti-Slavery Society)
| AFRICA'S CHILDREN OF WAR |
| | About 120,000 African children are participating in armed conflicts. Some are as young as 7 years old. (source: United Nations)
Children account for half of all civilian casualties in wars in Africa. (source: United Nations)
One in six African children dies before the age of five. Most of these deaths could be prevented. (source: World Vision)
Nearly one third of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are underweight. (source: UNICEF)
In sub-Saharan Africa, measles takes the life of a child nearly every minute of every day. An effective measles vaccine costs as little as $1 per child. (source: WHO)
Between 12 and 14 million African children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. (source: World Bank)
Nearly 2 million children under 14 years old are HIV positive. (source: WHO)
43% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have safe, accessible drinking water. (source: UNICEF)
64% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have adequate sanitation. (source: UNICEF)
Only 57% of African children are enrolled in primary education, and one in three of those does not complete school. (source: African Union)
For every 100 boys there are only 83 girls enrolled at primary school. (source: World Bank)
POOR LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA
"Those who promised to help us are the same people killing us.
Our leaders don't think about us. Our leaders don't care about us. Africa is poor because our leaders are very poor-minded people.
They come to power with fake promises and once they are up there in the high offices, they forget about the people who put them there.
Not that we don't know how to choose the right leaders.
The problem is that, they are all the same and that is why Africa remains poor.
Africa is poor but we have the resources here. The problem is that we don't have the right leaders to help us.
Most leaders in my country for example have about eight to ten different mansions each with big businesses home and abroad where as the poor people in the villages don't even have access to clean drinking water.
The President and the ministers live in big mansions and send their children abroad to study in higher institutions whereas most children remain in the house because they can't even afford to pay for primary education. They remain at home because their parents can't pay their school fees.
All the ministers and those in the higher positions have swimming pools in their homes. They waste water whereas the poor people don't even have access to clean drinking water.."
Mr. Amoakohene Dennis, Ghana.
Faces of poverty in Africa - children
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Poverty is the worst form of violence
Poverty never takes a holiday
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There is plenty hence poverty is evil
When the rich make war, it is the
poor that die. Poverty is not natural.
Poverty is man-made.. poverty kills..
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STREET CHILDREN IN AFRICA
"I am 11 years old and I live here on the streets. I shine and repair shoes for people. My senior brother thought me how to shine shoes. I used to work with him until he died a few months ago. Now I am doing everything by myself.
Life in the village where I was born was very hard so i decided to follow my senior brother to Lagos after my father died with the hope of getting something better to do and send money to support our mother back home.
My mother was sick at the time we left the village and she died about 3 months after we left the village. So I was here with my senior all this while until he died. I don't want to go back to the village because there is nothing better to do over there. I will like to go back to school but it is very expensive and i can't pay my school fees.
Business was good when my elder brother was here but now people think that I am too young and that I can't repair their shoes the way my brother used to repair them so they don't bring their shoes to me anymore.
I am very good at repairing and shining shoes but most people do not think I can be that good so they don't bring their shoes to me. Life is hard but what can we do? I am not the only person like this. there are many children like me or even worse who live under the high bridge.
I don't smoke but most of the children living under the bridge smoke weed which makes them strong.
Most of them are thieves and they rob people. I don't steal and I don't smoke. I only shine and repair shoes for people..." Nigeria
One Poor African
| POOR CHILDREN IN AFRICA |
40 to 70% of the African Population lives in slums. These children live in the worst imaginable conditions - in overcrowded shacks with dirt floors and no running water or electricity. They play in alleyways covered with sewage and trash. Their parents are often too poor or too ill to keep them fed.
Slum residents have worse health and reproductive conditions than those who live in other circumstances.
There is no money for food and rarely a chance for these children to see a doctor when they are sick. Something as simple as an ear infection can cause deafness; a cold can lead to pneumonia... and even death.
Children and adolescents have low enrollment rates in school which contributes to their lack of employment opportunities. Begging for food in the streets is a full-time job for most children. School is a luxury their parents cannot afford.
The Child Mortality rate is 65% higher in the slum communities. Poor diets, weakened immune systems and unclean living conditions are to blame for the unnecessary deaths of too many African Children.
African Children live at ground zero for the worst pandemic of modern times. HIV/AIDS is infecting thousands of children every day; still more are left alone when their parents succumb to this devastating disease.
WAR KILLS CHILDREN-HATE WAR
Thousands of children died in Angola during the period of war and Tens of thousands of children died in Uganda. Thousands of children died in Nigeria during the period of war and Tens of thousands of children died in Liberia. Thousands of children died in Zimbabwe and tens of thousands of children are dying in Darfur. Children are dying in India. children are dying in Pakistan. Children are dying in Israel. Children are dying in Palestine, and tens of thousands of children are dying in Iraq.
Poverty kills children. Hunger kills children. HIV/AIDS kills children. Malaria kills children and WAR KILLS CHILDREN. Children are the "future". Children are the "Hope". Children are the "meaning". Help Save the children. Help Save the future. Help give hope and help give meaning to life.
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HUNGER IN AFRICA: FACTS
In many parts of Africa, the production of food depends upon the intense manual labor of each family. When large areas of Africa are dislocated by war especially southern Sudan where a war of ethnic cleansing is being waged, or adults die from the scourge of AIDS, fields cannot be worked, and food cannot be produced. Many, especially women and children are forced to depend upon hand outs of food. Unpredictable weather can also aggravate the situation.
POVERTY IN AFRICA: FACTS
Starvation is claiming lives. One international relief agency recently discovered a village in a remote region of West Africa where more than 18,000 people were on the verge of starvation. "Malnutrition is so great in this area," a relief worker explained, "that most of the children under five years old had starved to death before we arrived. An entire hillside was covered with fresh graves of the children who had recently died." News Africa: Poverty in Africa
| BARBARIC AFRICAN TRADITIONS |
| | AFRICAN CULTURE OF POVERTY
Africa means "Beauty" and Africa means "Love". Africa is nature and Africa is life. Africa is "culture' and Africa is "tradition". Africa is blessed with beautiful culture and traditions across the continent. There are birth rites and there are puberty rites. There are initiation rites and there are marriage rights.
There are chieftaincy rites and there are kinship rites. There are rituals and there are death rites. There are festivals and there are burial rites. Africa is a blessed continent in terms of culture and traditions.
There is no other continent like Africa in terms of beauty and love. However, not every part of the African culture is good and not all the African traditions are great. Most part of the African culture benefits and most aspect of the African tradition is nothing but beauty.
Time is going and the world is changing and hence man must change with time. Time is changing and the world is moving around and hence traditions must be modified with time. Most African traditions have gone through great changes to benefit man but few remain unchanged through the ages.
Go to some villages in Africa and you will notice some of the harmful effects of bad African traditions.
Go to a village in Africa and you will see teenage mothers everywhere. Ask a teenage girl and she will tell you what she went through.
It is a taboo in certain parts of Africa for a girl child to refuse a man, sex. It is a taboo for young girls in certain parts of Africa to make their own choices when it comes to marriage. Some are being raped in the name of tradition. Some are being molested in the name of culture.
Some are being buried for no fault of theirs. Africa will forever remain poor if Africa is not ready to change with time.
Traditions were made for man not man for tradition and traditions were made to benefit man and not to harm man. It is time to move forward and it is time Africa throws away all these barbaric traditions and begin to think right. One Poor African, Kenya
HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA
"God blessed me with 12 beautiful children but the same God has taken almost all of them away and there is nothing I can do because God knows best.
within 2 years, I lost 5 of my children to HIV/AIDS and as you can see, even this one remaining is very sick and I don't know if she will survive this sickness. Maybe it is my destiny to die a child-less mother and there is nothing I can do.... God knows best" Central African Republic, 2009
MALARIA IN AFRICA
“There is a lot of malaria in our village because there are a lot of mosquitoes that live and breed by the river,” said Ms. Mobuku. “A bed net will be very helpful because it will protect my youngest children.” Stories: Niger
“Sometimes it is difficult for people in remote areas to get to clinics to get anti-malarial drugs,” said Health Director for Zambia’s southern Sesheke district Sindele Kyanamina. “And sometimes the clinics don’t have the drugs.” Malaria Kills in Africa
African poverty stories: Zambia
"... As you can see, there is no pipe borne water in this village. The only source of water in this village is water from the stream and rain water we collect when it rains.
We drink from the stream and the stream serves as water for all other purposes. Our major problem is that the stream water is not purified and it contains so many germs and bacteria which cause so many diseases in this village. (in Liberia)
People die each and every day but there is nothing we can do because the stream is the only source of water besides rain water.
In the dry season for example, there is no rain water and the stream is the only source of water for the entire village and other nearby villages.
My only prayer is that one day someone will come to our aid..."
One Poor African
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