Least Rich Countries of the World
In recent years, the economy around the world has been quickly heading in a downward spiral. It is sad how bad it has gotten even in some parts of the United States; some families are only able to eat one or two meals per day, children go without suitable living situations, and sometimes even without clothing. Poverty is among one of the main issues going on around the world today but these are the top 10 worst off countries in the world.
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The population living in poverty in Zambia is 86%. It is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and its economy solely depends on the copper mines. 64% of the population lives on less than one dollar per day, 14% have HIV, and 40% don’t have access to clean drinking. Because of these reasons, there are many outreach groups and churches which send missionaries to Zambia in an attempt to bring clean drinking water and proper medical care to the citizens.
9. Gaza Strip
The current population living in poverty in the Gaza Strip is 81%. The unemployment has been steadily increasing over the years which in turn has lead to an increase in poverty. The Gaza Strip is currently almost 100% economically dependent on humanitarian aid due to being one of the poorest countries in the world. Besides the aid they receive, the population lives on agriculture, manufacturing, and construction.
One of the main problems Zimbabwe is facing is lack of currency, hyperinflation, and a shortage of supplies and items such as medical equipment and the proper tools to filter water. Currently, 80% of the population is living in poverty as well as an unemployment rate up to 92%. Most of the population in Zimbabwe lives on less than $1.23 a day and some don’t eat more than 1 meal per day.
The Republic of Chad has nearly the lowest literacy rates in all of Africa and even the world. In 2014, the literacy rate dropped to about 25.7%. This means that only a quarter of adults over the age of 15 in Chad know how to read and write. More than that, there is a low supply of portable water and high violence in neighboring countries which is quickly spreading to Chad.. Poor leadership and corruption continues to tear Chad into pieces, making them the 7th poorest country in 2014.
The poverty rate in Moldova has risen to 80% and it is currently considered the poorest country in terms of exploited groundwater resources. Moldova has struggled with mismanagement, corruption, and intractable dispute over the breakable region known as Trans-Dniester which has easily landed them on the list of the poorest countries in the world.
Haiti has the lowest per capita income in the world. This country relies mainly on agriculture and outside help. Haiti is the third hungriest country in the world; the 1% of the population that is considered the richest in this country controls over half of Haiti’s wealth.
In recent years, a civil war largely destroyed the country’s economic infrastructure. The unemployment rate had grown to 85% of the population. Clean, safe water has been out of reach for the entire population of Liberia since the civil war. This shaky economy relies heavily on foreign assistance and could not survive without it.
The largest problems Guatemala currently face are politically focused. The government system is corrupt and oppresses the poor classes. Education is the other main problem with a literacy rate of just over 70%, hundreds and thousands of people do not know how to read or write.
The poverty ratio is up to 70% and the economy is based almost only on aluminum production. This is where most of the economic problems lie though; the dependence on foreign trade of aluminum and oil. 35% of the population does not have health insurance or any sort of coverage. To make things worse, many people are living in illegal dwellings on land they don’t own with no running water, no sanitary living quarters, and no electricity.
The economic mess in Angola is due to the ongoing war in the country revolving around the abundance of natural resources. The amount of people living in poverty has risen to 55%. Life expectancy of the total population of Angola remains around 38.76 years due to rampant diseases and the lack of proper medical care.