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are you richer than your neighbor?

Based on 2005 statistics, if the world was a village of 100 people:

67 would be adults, half of them can’t read or write.

11 adult women will have, at some time, been beaten, abused, or forced to have sex against their will.

1 would have a college education.

80 would live in housing you’d not consider to be fit for habitation.

50 wouldn’t have enough to eat and would be suffering from malnutrition and 1 would be dying of starvation.

33 don’t have access to safe water.

24 would not have access to electricity.

7 people would own a car or van of some sort.

5 people would own 32% of the entire wealth of the village (and they all came from the USA).

33 people would be trying to survive on just 3% of the entire wealth of the village.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are more comfortable than 75% of the people in this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, spare change in a drawer, a pocket or somewhereyou are among the top 8% of the world’s most wealthy people.

If you can read this, remember that there are over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.