Last week I read this in the i paper: ‘Oxfam claims the rich are getting richer, leaving hundreds of millions of people ‘trapped in poverty’ as global ‘inequality spirals out of control’.
‘The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled … since the financial crisis hit hard in 2009 …’
‘The report is supproted by Bank of England Chief Economist Andrew Haldane and Nobel Prize-winning economist Jospeh Stiglitz. It notes that since 2009 one million women have died in childcare due to lack of basic health care and that 57 million children are currently missing out on an education …
… the richest 85 people in the world have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population.’
(Thursday 30 October 2014 by Jamie Merrill)
I don’t begrudge people being wealthy. And I’m not sure how it’s connected with the massive poverty in so much of the world, although it may be and sometimes is connected when the wealthy are making their money off the backs of the poor. But what makes me so angry is the inequality of it, the immorality of some having far too much while the majority don’t have enough.
I then turned the page, where I read this:
‘The Nobel Peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is donating her £31,000 from winning the World’s Children’s Prize to rebuild UN-run schools damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza’.
Malala is the girl shot by the Taliban who objected to her educational activism.
(Same issue, article by Sam Masters).
See a connection, anyone?
(image from biography.com)