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Global Inequality Coursework

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Global Inequality Coursework Dear Editor I am writing to the response of an article called "Life is so hard" which was in your paper on Tuesday last week. The response in question was written by I. Amok. I found the letter to be misleading and some of his points and views are not necessarily true or supported by statistical evidence or case studies. The comment Mr Amok made in the first paragraph about "Poverty isn't that bad. Only a few people are really poor" is quite false. These people in Africa aren't even getting the bare essentials that we humans need, like clean water and shelter. This kind of poverty is called absolute poverty. Another comment that was made "There are lots of people in this country who are poor" this comment is true but it is relative to how poor African people are. This is called relative poverty. Also Mr Amok said, "Not everyone in this country can afford a car" it is not essential to own a car and is nothing compared to having dirty clothes and no shelter. Mr Amok then went on to talk about a safari holiday he had in Tanzania and he didn't see anyone who was starving and the food in his hotel was excellent. ...read more.

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The drought that we experienced in 1995 was nothing compared to what people have to suffer in Africa and South America. The drought we had we couldn't water our garden. The droughts that these people suffer from thousands of people are killed from dehydration. Ours is nothing compared to what these people go through regularly. Also to organise themselves they would need money, the poor countries are in debt so they can't pay for raw materials and resources like our country can. If the debt was cancelled it could be a way forward to helping a lot of the LEDC's. A couple of sentences Mr Amok wrote in his letter really shows his ignorance to the less financially worse people. As he says "There are only a few really poor people, there is no evidence to show poverty really exists today and those who are poor are poor because they are lazy" this is silly how can you say that poverty doesn't exist, do you think people are dying of hunger and thirst for no reason. Also most poor people in Africa and South America who are cash croppers, which most are work really hard to get good crops, all their hard work comes to nothing when MEDC's pay peanuts for their crops. ...read more.

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There are problems with aid such as there are problems with distribution and aid doesn't always reach the needy. Mr Amok is even culturally stereotypical saying that "they should stop having so many children and plan their families as we do, they should realise that over population is a threat to us all" not all poor people have large families and if they do it is because more children can help bring money in because they can work as well. Also you haven't got much to do when you're poor so they can pass time by having sex! I am pleased with Mr Amok that he gives money to the NSPCC but he could give to other charities like Oxfam and Red Nose Day, even though he doesn't like the television coverage the money does get to were it should go and that's the poor people and don't forget that children are dying in poor countries as well so if you gave to the NSPCC then maybe you could give for kids in LEDC's as well. I hope that this letter has changed his views and any other people's views on this debatable issue. Yours Thankfully DHIRAJ AERY ...read more.

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