What are some similarities* between USA and the Ethiopia? *(relating to poverty)?

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    I thought NOBODY would ask this question. And am I glad you did. America, Americans and Jessica (above), are in denial. They have gotten such a big head, they have found it hard to look downwards. Americans have become so overweight, they can't see those 'below them.' People, before you give me a bad rating PLEASE go through these websites. Remember the poor. Remember the hungry, the homeless and the destitute. Oh, and also remember they are fellow Americans:

    A couple of weeks ago, the BBC and CNN were all over the place with the news that Ethiopians were starving. No amount of convincing or reporting from the Prime Minister down to various heads of UN agencies could convince them otherwise, They said we were dying again at a scale that was worse in than in the 80's. They just couldn't understand the difference between a famine and people that needed to be supported by a 'safety net' (words that were used time and again the emphasise the difference.) Well, here's the term in the "AMERICAN" scenario. And I quote :

    " A look at the United States reveals a wide gap between the goal of universal access to adequate nutrition, and the reality of hunger that plagues millions in this country alone. The number of hungry people in the United States is greater now than it was when international leaders set hunger-cutting goals at the 1996 World Food Summit. The pledges by United States government leaders to cut the number of Americans living in hunger-from 30.4 million to 15.2 million by 2010- are lagging behind. An estimated 35 million Americans are food insecure with food insecurity and the necessity of food stamps being experienced by at least 4 in 10 Americans between the ages of 20 and 65. That's 50% of Americans!

    Meanwhile, the already burdened food safety-net program which was designed to alleviate hunger and food insecurity is under attack by the threat of reduction of funding and ease of enrollment by policy makers. With food expenses being the most elastic part of a family's budget, as limited funds usually get allocated to fixed payments first, such as rent and utilities, food purchasing has become the most compromised portion of the average family's budget. So far in 2004, 35% of Americans have had to choose between food and rent, while 28% had to choose between medical care and food. While others, forced to stretch their budgets further and further, are buying less expensive but often less nutritious food. "

    Source: "Hunger in America" http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1210-22.htm

    So, once we've established that there people that need food aid in bothe countries, let's move on to what caused them. The droughts that were in the South of Ethiopia the past year was caused by the failure of rains that fell during the rainy seasons. These people depend mainly on tubers for staple foods. The whole area is in the middle of rainforests and it was dubbed a 'Green drought.' As for the Eastern part of the country the people there are nomads. They follow their cattle from one pasture land to another. They are not in one place long enought to have a centeralised goverments' support. It's their tradition. They are free roamers that would not appreciate being tied down. So, after the rains failed there too, the main problem was getting word around that they would be aided (since they were all over the region) and then having them stay put until things had blown over.

    And what causes the hunger and poverty in America? And how bad is it? Last first:

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors reports that in 2006 requests for emergency food assistance increased an average of 7 percent. The study also found that 48 percent of those requesting emergency food assistance were members of families with children and that 37 percent of adults requesting such assistance were employed. Unemployment, high housing costs, poverty or lack of income, and high medical costs led the list of reasons contributing to the rise.

    Almost half the cities surveyed in the Mayors' report (45 percent) said they are not able to provide an adequate quantity of food to those in need. And 63 percent of surveyed cities reported they had to decrease the quantity of food provided and/or the number of times people can come to get food assistance. An average of 23 percent of the demand for emergency food assistance is estimated to have gone unmet in the survey cities, up from 18 percent last year.

    Source: "Hunger Facts Domestic" http://www.bread.org/learn/hunger-basics/hunger-fa...

    And to answer the why, please read:

    "Still hungry in America" by Robert Coles.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story...

    The similarites are that the problems DO exist and they are preventable.

    The difference is we are facing it while some 'rich nations' live in denial because the ones that represent the nation are the 'fat ones.'

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  • 7 years ago

    I would say both nationalities often unfairly stereotyped as being greedy and lazy when that isn't true. That we have great traditions of Christian charity. That there is an ethnic imbalance of income among our different ethnicities and different regions of our respective nations. There are a lot of similarities that aren't apparent at first. We both love to file lawsuits which relates to economics though not necessarily poverty.

  • 1 decade ago

    To tell you the truth there are no similarities between USA and Ethiopia when discussing poverty. Don't waste your time, I don't think anyone is going to give you a similarity because there aren't any.

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