30 Moving Photos – The multiple faces of poverty
Of the 5.7 billion people on the planet, as estimated 1.3 billion live in poverty.
The faces of poverty are many. They are one in every five. The majority of them are the faces of women – those women who « hold up half the sky », according to the old Chinese proverb – and without whom victory in the fight against poverty cannot be achieved.
In addition, there are the faces of children, youth, the disabled and the elderly; of indigenous peoples, of migrants and of refugees – those whom « progress » has pushed to the periphery. Collectively called the disadvantaged or marginalized, they are the people who must be the primary focus of all serious efforts at the eradication of poverty.
Poverty also appears in many forms: as endemic mass poverty in the poorest and least developed countries; as pockets of poverty amidst wealth in even the most affluent countries; as sudden impoverish- ment due to natural or man-made disasters; as temporary poverty resulting from job layoffs; or as the persistent, long-term poverty of the marginalized who perform menial work for little or no pay. Whatever its manifestation, the social exclusion which accompanies poverty constitutes both a violation of human dignity and a threat to life itself.
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