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Religion, Wealth and Poverty The Need for World Development The world is mainly divided into two categories - the 'north' and the 'south'. From about 1950 to 1985, it was customary to talk of poor countries as 'Third World' countries. This was because some people divided the world in three. * First World - the West for example USA, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan. * Second World - the countries poorer than the first world but richer than the third world. * Third World - all the other countries, which were regarded as the poorest countries in the world. However most books do not refer to first, second, third world countries any more they use more developed, developing and less developed countries. South America countries have achieved higher levels of development than most of the other less economically developed countries (LEDC's), but is dwarfed by the size and wealth of the USA. This is shown below is a table of average income per head by continent. Continent Average Income per Head (US$) ...read more.


There is a famous saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; but teach him how to fish and you feed him for a life time." Although there is poverty in England it does not compared to the poverty in LEDC's. This next passage shows how fortunate we are: If you woke up this morning with more health than illness - you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation - you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. If you can attend church meetings without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death - you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep - you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace - you are among the top 8% of the ...read more.


This means crops only for sales not for them to eat. They countries are starving because land is used to grow cash crops instead of food. Wars - wars destroy crops, homes, schools and hospitals causing even more poverty. They also force people to leave their homes and become refugees in other safer countries. Theses neighbouring countries may have been developing, but a sudden influx of refugees with no money or food can make that country poor again. Natural disasters - disasters such as earthquakes, flood and can destroy many thousands of homes. If rain does not fall, crops will not grow so either way they lose. Many people are stuck in a vicious circle of malnutrition. Once someone starts to go round in a vicious circle, it is very hard to stop, as one thing leads to another. Lack of food No food; lacks money To buy food Hunger Grows less food or Lack of energy Earns less money Unable to work hard Easily ill All of these shocking facts show how the world is divided. From these facts I understand why people say third world because it sounds like it a completely different world and it is a completely different and unfair world they are living in. ...read more.

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