Poverty and widening inequality in Nigeria
How can we use poverty and inequality gaps to understand issues of governance and insecurity and evolving social problems in Nigeria? In this piece, I attempt to show why it is important to reduce poverty rate and inequality in Nigeria and the consequences of widening inequality in post-colonial Nigeria.Since the return to democratic governance in 1999, Nigeria has continued to witness a widening gulf between the minority haves and the majority have-nots. With a population oscillating around 200 million and above, Nigeria has not been able to convert her numerical strength to develop the most ...
Poverty in Iraq's Basra rises to record 40%
The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) has warned that the Iraqi city and governorate of Basra is suffering from an increasingly high poverty rate, with almost 40 per cent of residents now living below the poverty line.The poverty rate in the southern province of Basra and its port city has sharply increased since the former Iraqi Planning Minister Nuri Al-Dulaimi predicted back in May that the coronavirus pandemic would cause Iraq's poverty rate to rise by over 20 per cent.The UN then predicted that same month that the poverty rate in the country as a whole would double to...
The Middle East Monitor
On Philanthropy: Erasing hunger in America requires more than charity
The holidays are around the corner and, for tens of millions of our neighbors across the U.S., this will be a time of scarcity, insecurity, worry and, in the richest nation on earth, hunger. Consider these facts:Prior to COVID-19, 37 million people in the U.S. struggled with hunger. Feeding America, the nation’s third largest charity, estimates that as a result of the pandemic, that number may rise to 54 million people — almost one in six Americans, including 18 million children. More than 29% of Coloradoans are food insecure — lacking reliable access to nutritious food — a rate that has tripl...
Tribune News Service
Poverty And Widening Inequality In Nigeria
HOW can we use poverty and inequality gaps to understand issues of governance and insecurity and evolving social problems in Nigeria? In this piece, I attempt to show why it is important to reduce poverty and unemployment rates as well inequality in Nigeria and the consequences of widening inequality in post-colonial Nigeria. Since the return to democratic governance in 1999, Nigeria has continued to witness a widening gulf between the minority haves and the majority have-nots. With a population oscillating around 200million and above, Nigeria has not been able to convert her numerical strengt...
How America's approach to poverty could change in a Biden administration, Congress willing
PHILADELPHIA — The safety net that stretches beneath Americans living in poverty will see more mending and less rending as presidents change.That’s the belief voiced by hunger fighters and other anti-poverty advocates who say they’re tired of endlessly “playing defense,” battling Trump administration efforts to slash vital programs such as food stamps, now known as SNAP, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.“It’s more exciting when you’re pushing for what’s possible and not fighting off really horrible things,” said Kathy Fisher, policy director of the Greater Philadelphia Coaliti...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Poverty and food insecurity rife in Maduro’s Venezuela [video]
The illegitimate Maduro regime has brought ruin to the people of Venezuela.The 2019-2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, for Encuesta Nacional de Condiciones de Vida) found that a staggering 96% of Venezuelans live in poverty.Learn more about how Maduro’s economic mismanagement led to this human rights disaster.Copyright © ShareAmericaProvided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
#Endsars: Poverty is a powerful weapon
The unity! that must have been what scared them, a major force that made the protest powerful, a force we did not think we possessed but sprang out of us effortlessly. The youths marched in solidarity with one common goal, to end police brutality and injustice. Tribe and religion, two forces that stirred division over the years, suddenly did not matter. The unity must have scared our oppressors and threatened (and still threatens) the very basis of their power.They just had to do something and out of fear, more police brutality was unleashed on protesters. This was probably intended to intimid...
What Three US Ballot Results Mean for Poverty and Inequality
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/11/202011us_election_california.jpgThe US elections took place amid a recession, record unemployment, and rising poverty. The economy was the top issue for voters in the election; one in two voters said that economic inequality was very important in their decision about who to support in the presidential election. But decisions that affect poverty and inequality are not only taken at the federal level. High-stakes ballot initiatives in Florida and Colorado could go a long way in improving workers’ living standards, but a California proposition...
Human Rights Watch - News
Poverty stalks US middle class amid pandemic
Bethesda (United States) (AFP) - As the Covid-19 pandemic swept the United States, Keith managed to keep his job in financial services, but his income dried up as commissions grew scarce. Suddenly struggling financially, Keith began relying on meals handed out by a charity in Bethesda, a suburb of Washington known for the wealth of which the 52-year-old now finds himself bereft."We try to save what we can," Keith, well-dressed in a red-striped polo shirt, told AFP on condition of anonymity. "I don't want to take more resources than I need. If I don't have to come every week I won't."Eight mill...
Homeless students face extra obstacles amid COVID-19
DETROIT — Fourth-grader Caron Lee-Clemons and first-grader Javerion Rouse are homeless and school-less.The brothers are staying with their mother and three siblings in a homeless shelter in Westland, Mich., where they occupy a single room with five twin beds and a crib for the youngest child.The closure of the boys’ elementary school, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, coincided with the loss of a place to live earlier this year, when they were staying with a friend and had to leave. They have been in the shelter for two months.Their mother, Valincea Clemons, says she is doing her best to s...
The Detroit News