Persuasive Essay About Poverty

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What is poverty? According to the World Bank Organization, “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read” But do we know why poverty exists, what puts the people into these life threatening conditions? Millions of words can be written on this issue but to no avail. Let’s think of who causes it. Is it the public, the government or the poor themselves? Over 3 billion people which is almost half the world, lives on less than $2.50 a day. The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined. Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen. Most of the time people will ignore this issue considering it has nothing to do with them yet it is we who are…show more content…
Corruption distorts a country’s economy and diverts it towards the rich. It affects both individuals and businesses. Poverty and corruption mutually feed on each other as poverty brings corruption and corruption further increases poverty. By corruption, the rich keep on getting rich by not giving taxes and the poor keep on getting poor by not getting anything, which then increases the poverty rate. Professor Chinua Achebe in his famous book, “ The Trouble with Nigeria” associates corruption with poverty by saying that, “anybody who can say that corruption in Nigeria has not become alarming is either a fool, a crook or else does not live in this country” (Achebe, 1984). If we do not eliminate corruption, we will never be able to reduce poverty as it is one of the main causes that poverty exist. The corrupt will keep on gaining more on the sweat of the poor and more people will be forced to do crimes to get the fundamental needs of

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