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IntroThese are faces of global poverty.

Each of these people lives hand-to-mouth and day-to-day.

They are hard-pressed to meet their daily needs for water, food and shelter - and they have little or no voice in what happens to them, their families and their communities.

Poverty is hunger and not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Poverty is not having a roof over your head and having nowhere to go. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. It is the death of a child from a preventable illness because you are unable to pay for medicine or clean water. Poverty is not being able to read and not being able to go to a school. Poverty is being unemployed and having little chance of getting a job even if there are any because you have no training. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom with no hope of change.

Poverty is living one day at a time. Poverty is not being able to bury your dead.

Poverty at a national level means a country may have insufficient economic resources to invest in education, health, infrastructure, political and legal systems and public institutions, which can lead to instability and civil unrest.

In developed countries, deep and persistent poverty is a serious social problem but is less widespread than in developing countries. Consider yourself lucky that you're safe in a developed country. Its amazing how we all take food, shelter and clothing for granted. Could you imagine yourself having nothing to eat, no where to stay and nothing to wear. People do not realise to the extent of how serious poverty is. The global issue is that poverty should affect everyone; however that sad reality is that, it doesn't. These developing nations shouldn't have...