Perspective

Just a little reading from my research, because numbers speak louder than words:

“Almost three thousand people died needlessly and tragically at the World Trade Center on September 11 ; ten thousand Africans die needlessly and tragically every single day.” – Jeffery Sachs, The End of Poverty

“In 2002, the United States gave $3 per sub-Saharan African. Taking out the parts for U.S. consultants, food, and other emergency aid, administrative costs, and debt relief, the aid per African cam to the grand total of six cents.” – Jeffery Sachs, The End of Poverty

“Asia’s population, in total, includes 60 percent of humanity. Asia’s fate is truly our fate.” – Jeffery Sachs, The End of Poverty

“ExxonMobil made nearly $40 billion in profits in 2006, enough money to permanently supply pure clean drinking water to the 1 bilion people who lack it.” – Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest

“As many infant girls die unnecessarily every week in China as protesters died in the one incident at Tiananmen.” – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky

“All told, girls in India from one to five years of age are 50% more likely to die than boys the same age. The best estimate is that a little Indian girl dies from discrimination every four minutes.” – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky

“It appear that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.” – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky

“The U.S. State Department has estimated that between 600,000 – 800,000 people are trafficked [by force or deception] across international borders each year, 80% of them women and girls, mostly for sexual exploitation….In contrast, in the peak decade of the transatlantic slave trade, the 1970’s, an average of just under eighty thousand slaves were shipped annually across the Atlantic from Africa to the New World.” – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky

“An equivalent of five jumbo jets’ worth of women die in labor each day.” – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky

“The average American spends fifty dollars a year to deworm a dog; in Africa, you can deworm a child for fifty cents.” – Peter Hotez

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