Poverty In The Third World

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Poverty, hunger, lack of education, and crime are diseases that plague the world. Whose job is it to end all of this? Apparently it is left to America to do this. The American government gives billions of dollars to these countries to hopefully try to end this, but it does not. These issues with our society, have not just developed. Since the beginning of civilization’s these issues have been a part of society, it is inevitable. There is one thing that can be done, focus on the people that matter most, Americans. Taxpayers money goes to other countries when the money could help their own families, not used to fabricate plans that kill American American money is spent on countries that do not use the money properly, the money supports criminal …show more content…
This issue stretches all over the global, America is included. In 2011 poverty-related deaths were about one hundred and thirty-three thousand (Johnson). In 2015 twelve point seven percent of Americans were food insecure (Hunger in America). Someone that is food insecurity does not know where their next meal will come from. These are people that go without food, not because they want to lose weight, not because they do not like what mom cooked for dinner, or because the do not feel like eating. They want to eat, but can not afford it. Instead of wanting the newest pair of Jordans, or a designer purse the want the necessities to life. Sixteen million households do not have the money to feed their families, not in Africa, a small country in Asia, or somewhere in South America but in our own backyard (Hunger in America). Three million of those households have children (Hunger in America). Almost everyone knows someone that is food insecure, one and eight households are food insecure, so maybe even a neighbor (Hunger in America). Parents that can’t feed their children is very disturbing. Money that is going to other countries should be used to feed American because they will keep this country going. In 2010 the federal government gave out thirty-nine point four billion dollars to one hundred and forty-nine different countries (Connor). Nearly forty billion dollars of taxpayers money spent on people that do not live in the …show more content…
American Foreign aid is used to support corrupt regimes. These regimes go against the democratic principles that they are supposed to represent and violate many human rights (Eddlem). Taxpayers dollars are meant to be given to governments that are considered a strategic ally and they are supposed to fight terrorist organizations. Instead, the money is used to fight against their own people they detain, harass, and torture people that don’t have the same ideology as the leader. The people are protesting the government. These governments are usually dictators and the citizens of that country want a more open government. For example, the Tunisia in 2010 had a huge protest to overthrow their dictator of twenty-three years, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, because the WikiLeaks published articles about their government imprisoning lawyers, journalist and political opponents (Eddlem). Tunisia government was oppressing their people, and the American government was supporting this. Thankfully the people overthrew the dictator and a new republic was founded which nothing to do with foreign aid from America. This is not a single case either, a similar thing has happened Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen All are infested with similar problems. The one point three billion dollars of foreign aid sent, was used to tear gas protesters which were made by Combined Systems International of

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