Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Least of These

Some global stats from our Lenten dinner discussion resources, Who Is This Man?, an examination of Jesus and his impact on history.

How do you respond?
  • In developing countries, the poor are disproportionately impacted by illegal imprisonment and overloaded legal systems. India has 11 judges for every 1 million people. Judges in the Philippines have an average backlog of 1,479 cases. Kenya has only 63 prosecutors for a population of 30 million.
  • In the USA, 20.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty, an annual cash income half of the official poverty line – about $10,000 for a family of four. And, 49.9 million people (16.35 of the US population) do not have medical insurance.
  • Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today – more than any other time in history.
  • Worldwide, an estimated 16 million children under 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS, 14.8 million of which live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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