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Amber Johnson

December 19, 2012

Mr. Younker

Penury Internationally

Multiple families across the United States are under pressure to make a living while living in poverty. Poverty has a major effect on the way we live, the decisions we make, and the amount of education we have. Families are not the only ones struggling here in the United States, but many individuals and families across the world are under pressure, too. Rural poverty in other countries has caused major conflicts. Countless numbers of people do not have the necessary equipment to help individuals in need. Families in America are struggling above and below the poverty line. Living in poverty comes with high cost and poor living conditions in the United States and across the globe. Poverty affects people internationally as well as in the United States.

Rural poverty in other countries has caused major conflicts. There is an abundance of countries in Africa that have high poverty rates. Many of these high poverty rates lead to high HIV/AIDS rates because they do not have clinics to prevent this problem. Many countries are trying to solve the current problem by opening clinics in rural or impoverished areas. In the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in West Africa. The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire does not have public health facilities. Many of their health facilities have collapsed. Not only has the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire been affected by poverty, but other countries overseas as well (Rural Poverty). Poverty in Haiti has led to low educational levels and limited social capital. Poor people do not access to supplies like the wealthy in Haiti. Many of the poor live near the capitol Port-au-Prince. The overall poverty rate in the country is at 77%. A large section of rural areas exceedingly restricted access to basic services. Impoverished communities in Haiti have limited access to education and other necessities (Rural Poverty Portal).

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