WHAT IS AT STAKE

WHAT IS AT STAKE

What is at stake is the destinies of individuals,vulnerable groups,local communities and nations.Never has there been so much poverty,so much suffering,and so many crises happening to so many people in human history.It is a bewildering fact and a sad reality,that extreme poverty amongst many,cohabits beside immense wealth amongst a few in today’s world.
 
The Statistics and hard facts

We are living in a time of monumental poverty for many people in Africa and the developing world.Ponder over these disturbing statistics:

  • One person dies from hunger and its related causes every 4 seconds.A child dies from hunger every 10 seconds.
  • 24 thousand people die from these everyday 
  • 8 million people die from lack of food and nutrition every year with more than 1.2 billion living in extreme poverty,many on $1.25 a day
  • Over 800 million people,that is about one in every 9 people in our world do not have enough food to lead a healthy normal life.
  • Africa south of the Sahara is one of the poorest regions of the world with one in 4 people suffering from malnutrition
  • Over 60 million children in the developing world go to school hungry and a whopping 23 million of these are in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Every 15 seconds an African child loses a parent to aids
  • The top 10 poorest countries in the world are in Africa and 4 of these are in West Africa (Congo DR,Zimbabwe,Liberia,Niger,Burundi,CAR,Eritrea,Sierra Leon,Malawi and Togo)
  • Poor people in developing countries spend 60-80% of their income on food.
  • There is an estimated 100 million homeless people globally
  • 51.2 million people are classed as forcibly displaced persons in the world today,with over 16 million refugees
  • 88 percent of all children and 60 percent of all women living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa
  • About 75% of the world’s poorest people,which is 1.4 billion live in rural areas.
  • About 1.7 billion people lack access to clean water
  • Approximately 20.9 million people,including children are trafficked globally for commercial sex or forced labour 
  • Human trafficking is the 3rd largest global criminal industry today after drugs and arms trafficking,generating over $32 billion profit yearly
  • There are about 20-30 million slaves in our world today
  • The average cost of a slave in the world today is about $90
  • The average age of a young woman being trafficked is 12–14 years old.
  • Sex traffickers apply a variety of means to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, gang rape, physical abuse, beating, confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use, and shame
  • Human trafficking has been identified as the largest human rights violation in the history of mankind.
  • Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health issues, substance abuse,engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
  • Recent global prevalence figures indicate that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner  sexual violence in their lifetime.
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