Born to be poor!!

by JessicaZytynsky on October 18, 2013 - 11:02am

In this article written by Zachary Dyer on June 24th 2013, Central America is becoming the poorest region in Latin America, mainly in Brazil and Mexico. Approximately 16.4 percent of the population lives in poverty and only having an income of 2.50 dollars per day. Mexico, who has the highest rate of population, is reaching extreme poverty. One out of three families are living in horrible conditions. The United Nations Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean found it suspicious when these statistics came out because the United-States income inequality rose about three times more than many of these Latin countries. With the results of these statistics, many blamed the United-States for the exploitation of these people. Parents have to send their children to work to be able to survive and feed themselves. This shows a great gap between the United-States who are one of the richest countries in the world and South America who is getting poorer every year. Mass exploitation and bad living conditions has been the cause of South America’s economy going down. Even worse, it has been estimated that Latin America will reach the same levels of income equality as the other nations did in 2000, only in 2052.

In my opinion, I think it is inappropriate what these people are going through. Almost half of the products that we sell in our groceries are from Latin America and these people are being paid 2.50 dollars a day. Something doesn’t add up. How can a nation export so many goods but receive not even a fraction of that money? These people are barely living while other countries are profiting from that and becoming richer every second. I think that these people should be paid at a reasonable rate and that they should have better laws to protect them from these awful living conditions. Not one parent should be obliged to send their 8 year old boy working because they do not have enough money to survive on.



I absolutely agree that the inequality of payment and access to basic needs is awful. There is a serious amount of exploitation happening. These countries in Central America and around the world are all lacking many basic needs and are desperate for a chance at education. Many do not get past 3rd or 5th grade. Many women don’t even go to school at all. A lot of areas in the most poverty are farming areas. It is incredibly difficult to reach them and install things like running water. They lack the funds to do it themselves. They are stuck in a constant cycle of poverty from one generation to the next. The only ways to truly boost these areas is by education. As far as the exploitation goes, many companies are corrupt. And more so, even if the money does make it too them, many of these countries and areas within are run by cartels and very little police force (or in some cases too much). Even if their employers were properly treating them, it may be difficult for them to receive what they deserve. This is a well-written article.

I found the title of your summary really intriguing and it automatically caught my attention. It suggests that people’s fate is predefined in a way, since it is extremely hard to improve it. Though, I was shocked to realize how disastrous living and working conditions are in these countries of Middle and South America. While I was reading your summary, it felt however a bit familiar. In fact, the situation you were describing strongly reminded me of the Industrial Revolution that occurred in many regions of the world during the 19th century. Thus, it is totally outrageous that things such as underpayment and child labour still exist in our supposedly modern world. How is it possible that these countries are 52 years behind many others in their development? Is exploitation, as you were suggesting, the actual and only source of the issue or is it only a scapegoat? These questions should be seriously studied in order to rehabilitate these collapsed societies. Also, I agree with the previous comment saying that education would be a valuable solution to the problem. An educated society is definitely a strong one. Finally, these powerless masses have to impose themselves to the powerful few in order to get what they need.

I totally agree with your viewpoint. It does not make sense that the United States, who gets most of it groceries from Latin America, is not paying a higher price for these products. It also does not make sense that when I go grocery shopping everything is so expensive yet Latin America is not getting any of the benefits from this. There are more people all over the world living in terrible conditions then not. Despite what the United Nations say, there is no way for a family to live comfortably off of $2.50 a day. Children should not have to go to work rather than school in order to have food to eat at the end of the day. I am not sure whether there is a real solution to diminish poverty all over the world. How can the children from these poverty filled countries have any aspirations for a better life? Thank you for sharing your article, it gave me a lot to think about!

This article caught my attention because I know a lot of people believe that the family you are born into determines your outcome in life. Central America has one of the largest areas that have absolute poverty in which people lack the resources to satisfy the basic needs no person should live without. The fact that a lot of American goods come from Central America, it doesn’t make sense that those workers are being paid $2.50. The inequality in pay just shows exploitation at its finest. It is very sad that in this day and age there still is extreme poverty and no one is there to help give these people the proper funds for them to grow as a community. With the lack of funds and proper resources this is a never-ending cycle of poverty. Poverty exists all over the world, in my hometown I still see homeless people sleeping in the tunnels on playgrounds but I feel that the poverty they experience isn’t nearly as bad the poverty experienced in third world countries. Poverty is a global issue and I feel as though there should be more done in regards to reducing the extremity of the situation. Your article was very well written and eye catching.

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