Today I finished reading Radical by David Platt. Tonight I spent time reading about the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa.
I feel utterly overwhelmed; by all of my blessings, by the millions of people starving in Africa, by not knowing how to help or how to make a difference.
A few weeks ago I read these statistics about Ethiopia:
*Ethiopia is one of the four poorest countries in the world
*Annual per capita income is less than $160
*47% of the population lives below the poverty rate
*Population: 74.2 million
*Average Ethiopian woman gives birth to 5.9 children
*1 in 10 children die before their first birthday
*1 in 6 children die before age 5
*Malnutrition is the cause of more than 1/2 of all child deaths
*Average life expectancy is 48 for men, 50 for women
*1 physician for every 34,988 people
*One hospital bed per 4,141 people
*1 in 4 women dies in childbirth
*Only 50% of children attend primary school (K-3)
*Average class size in government schools – 85-100 children
*Overall literacy rate is 42%
*Estimated number of street children:100,000 nationwide
*More than half of girls ages 15-19 have been circumcised.
*Rape-15% among girls ages 10-24 in Addis Ababa
*It is Estimated that approximately 4.4% of the population in Ethiopia is infected with AIDS and that there are approximately 1 million AIDS orphans
I can't help but wonder what these statistics look like in America. Definately nothing like these.