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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Sobering Statistics

  • Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day.

  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

  • 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.

  • 20% of the population in the developed nations, consume 86% of the world’s goods.

  • A few hundred millionaires now own as much wealth as the world’s poorest 2.5 billion people.

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