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His family cannot afford butter or sugar, let alone meat. Bakyt has bread for breakfast and fried potatoes or fried macaroni and bread with tea for dinner. 1 In Gitega province, Burundi, which is often hard-hit by floods, Véronique Begimana lives with her six children in a house her husband built out of metal. He has since died of AIDS (with which Veronique, too, is infected), and the roof now has holes. She and her children eat nothing in the morning. “When times were better,” she says, “we used to cultivate the hills and the swamp areas and this would feed me and my family every day.
B “ ig people seldom understand the issues of the poor,” says Kishore, who used to polish shoes for a living but now owns a small shop in Pakistan. ”1 For a rich person—whether from the West or from the developing world itself—it is indeed hard to imagine the struggles the poor face each day. Only if you have lived among the impoverished—whether in India or Bolivia or Yemen—can you have some idea of the range of problems they face, some understanding that poverty is about much more than a lack of money.
One is obvious: they have very little or no money. The other is less so, but it is just as much a part of their poverty: they don’t just lack for money; instead, they are trapped in a web of deprivation. The next chapter explains how the strands of this web are woven—how everything from corrupt politicians and weak courts to poor education and even bad weather can conspire to chain hardworking people to poverty. First, however, this chapter explains roughly how many poor people there are in the world, where in the world they are, and which kinds of people are most likely to be poor.
Betrayed: Politics, Power, and Prosperity by Seth D. Kaplan (auth.)