Wednesday, July 13, 2011

South Sudan - 8 Million People Live on Less Than One Dollar Per Day

I complain about small inconveniences in my life.
What a spoiled brat I can be. Father forgive me!
The people of South Sudan, the world's newest country (formed July 9), face crippling poverty and a history of violence. Here is a sampling:
  • Almost the size of the state of Texas but only has 100 miles of paved roads
  • Half of its 8 million people live on less than $1 a day
  • Only 6.4 percent of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities (toilets/latrines).
  • Less than 50 percent of all children receive 5 years of primary-school education.
  • While 1.3 million children are enrolled, only 1.9 percent complete primary-school education.
  • For every 1,000 primary-school students, there is only one teacher.
  • 85 percent of adults do not know how to read or write.
  • A 15 year-old girl has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than of completing school.

More info here on how to help.

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