There is a saying that we are only as strong as our weakest link. It is unfortunate to think that there are countries in this day and age that are still in poverty due to the massive amounts of aid from around the globe. There are countries that the average citizens are making less that $1 a day. Seventy-five percent of the world’s poorest countries are located in Africa. Out of these low income stricken places, there is one country above all others that is by far the poorest country in the world.
The Poorest Countries in the World are ranked by how much their citizens make per year. As well as how much the country makes with exporting and tourism. The countries listed below are ranked from the highest to the lowest exports as well as how much the average citizen makes a day. The countries that are the poorest in the world are:
3) Liberia is a country on the West African coast that simply means “Land of the Free” but there are many who live there that do not see it that way. Liberia may not be the poorest country in the world, but is in in the top 20. In 1980 the president of Liberia was overthrown and the country was thrown into civil war. Although many of the citizens of this nation were freed slaves from America. It wasn’t until 2003 a peace deal was struck, but only after hundreds of thousand were killed. Liberia today is still recovering from the effects of that civil war started so long ago and many of its citizen are living below $1 a day.
2) Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa and is possibly hands down the country with the lowest rates of survival due to the fact that 20.1 % of the population is living with HIV/AIDS. Males in this country are lucky if they reach the age of 40, while women are blessed with the long life if they can see their 35th birthday. Due to the fact that most of the citizen do not have proper health care, fresh water, or proper housing it makes it difficult for many to work and thus drain their economy.
1) Haiti is a sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles of the Caribbean and is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. With 80% o the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. In 2010 a 7.0 earthquake destroyed most of the capital Port-au-Prince and caused $7.8 billion in damages.
There are essentially 23 countries in the world where the citizens are currently living under the poverty line. Many people in these countries are living off of $1 or less a day. These countries consist of:
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
- Burkina Faso
Poorest Countries in Europe:
The poorest European country is Moldova relying on its agricultural exports to other countries. However, the residences here are employed by the agricultural sector making employment difficult to find. The Republic of Moldova is a land lock country in Eastern Europe bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.
Along with Moldova there are nine other countries in Europe that are impoverished. These countries are in order:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Eighty percent of poverty-stricken victims are African children. Children in Africa die from malaria every 30 seconds, or about 3,000 each day. Even with the many different governments around the world sending aid to these countries, there still hasn’t been much progress in pulling these countries out from under the poverty line. There are too many issues that these countries face, whether it be internal warring to food storage problems and severe diseases. Not to mention the 738 million people globally lack access to clean water. Poverty in Africa results in over 500 million people suffering from waterborne illnesses.
Perhaps one day the world will be able to come up with some solution as to how to help the millions of people who require fresh water and medical attention. Or a way to get people better-paying jobs that will allow them to raise up and live better healthier lives.