Poverty in Africa

Africa is after Asia the second biggest and second most populated continent in the world. Except of Youssef, we do not have much experience with Africa at all, but from what we see in books and movies it must one of the most fascinating and manifold places on earth. People as tourists think of amazing sunsets, elephants and lions and the huge rain forest.

What we do know though is that there is a lots of suffering and poverty challenging the people of Africa. With this project we would like to raise awareness for the ugly bits of Africa, the other side of the romantic sunsets.

African nations typically fall toward the bottom of any list measuring small size economic activity, such as income per capita or GDP per capita, despite a wealth of natural resources. The bottom 25 spots of the United Nations (UN) quality of life index are regularly filled by African nations. In 2006, 34 of the 50 nations on the UN list of least developed countries are in Africa.[1] In many nations, the GDP per capita income is less than $200 U.S. per year, with the vast majority of the population living on much less. In addition, Africa’s share of income has been consistently dropping over the past century by any measure. In 1820, the average European worker earned about three times what the average African did. Now, the average European earns twenty times what the average African does.[2] Although GDP per capita incomes in Africa have also been steadily growing, measures are still far better in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, which suffers from many of the same disadvantages.

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