"Poor depends on where you are", writes Davan
Maharaj in the Los Angeles Times.
In the United States, an individual who
makes less than $9,310 a year is considered very poor. But this same individual
compared with the rest of the world has an income in the top 12 percent!
An annual household income of $42,200 --the U.S. median in
2001-- is enough to land someone in the world's richest 1 percent.
For the developing world, the World Bank sets its poverty line at $730 a year
($2 a day). Living on two dollars a day sounds like incredibly little. --Until you
compare this to parts of Africa which gets by
on 1/3 of that! Half of sub-Saharan Africa's
600 million people live on about 65 cents a day -- a fraction of what an
average American might spend on a cup of coffee – translating into an annual income of just over
$237 a year.
Roughly half of the world’s
children live in poverty, even though their parents, as well as many of the children themselves, slave away each day even
just to maintain a living.