Poverty

An Afghan refugee, Hamagai Akbar, 5, attends an event on the occasion of U.N. World Day Of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. According to the U.N. website, the occasion aims to support efforts for "poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all." (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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An Afghan refugee, five-year-old Hamagai Akbar, attends an event on UN World Day of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The UN says the occasion aims to support efforts for ‘poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all’ 

TOPSHOTS An Afghan balloon vendor walks ...TOPSHOTS An Afghan balloon vendor walks along a street in Kabul on February 18, 2014. Some nine million Afghans or 36 percent of the population are living in "absolute poverty" while another 37 percent live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. AFP PHOTO/Nicolas ASFOURINICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. 

A homeless man reaches out for chewing tobacco from his friend after waking up at a place that rents out beds to poor people in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Beds on a cot with blankets cost approximately $.50 while a bed on the ground with blankets cost $.15 per day.

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A homeless man reaches out for chewing tobacco from his friend after waking up at a place that rents out beds to poor people in New Delhi, India. Beds on a cot with blankets cost approximately 50 US cents while a bed on the ground with blankets cost 15 US cents a day.

Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO's of the Basque Country in Bilbao...Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO's of the Basque Country in Bilbao December 19, 2013. The organization, an umbrella group for 84 Basque NGO's, performed Quien es Quien (Who's Who), an improvised theatrical piece, dressed as bankers, the wealthy and military personnel, handing out fake money to motorists and passers-by. The action was designed to draw attention to what the coordinator claims are the causes of poverty and inequality in the world. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO’s of the Basque Country in Bilbao. The organization, an umbrella group for 84 Basque NGO’s, performed Quien es Quien (Who’s Who), an improvised theatrical piece, dressed as bankers, the wealthy and military personnel, handing out fake money to motorists and passers-by. The action was designed to draw attention to what the coordinator claims are the causes of poverty and inequality in the world. 

An elderly woman participates in a protest in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The protesters demanded a universal old age pension for those above 60 years of age,  opposing the central governmentís proposal of US$ 3 per month. India is home to 142.9 million elderly, aged above 54 years. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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An elderly woman participates in a protest about pensions in New Delhi, India. India is home to 142.9 million people aged 54 years or above 

An Afghan refugee youth, sits on the side of the alley of a poor neighborhood, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

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A young Afghan refugee sits on the side of an alley in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

A Pakistani girl comforts her brother near her family's makeshift tent in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Slums, which are built on illegal lands, have neither running water or sewage disposal.

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A girl holds her brother near her family’s makeshift tent in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan

A beggar holds a plastic cup as people walk past in central Madrid, October 10, 2013. Beggars, dog-lovers and fortune-tellers who venture onto Madrid's busy streets may soon find themselves out of pocket as authorities in the city and elsewhere seek creative solutions to their financial problems.The Madrid council laid out plans this week to levy fines of 750 euros ($1,000) for public activities including soliciting for money outside shopping centres, feeding or washing dogs, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike. Saddled with huge debts since a property bubble burst in 2008, Spain's autonomous regions and town halls have seen core revenues fall as unemployment holds stubbornly above 25 percent and corporate investments dry up. Many owe millions to service suppliers and staff.

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A beggar holds a plastic cup as people walk past in central Madrid, in a week the city council revealed plans to levy fines of €750 for public activities including soliciting for money outside shopping centres, feeding or washing dogs, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike

A Bangladesh homeless woman sleeps at a bus shelter in Dhaka under a billboard advertising toiletries. The latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report, released by the UNDP, indicates that less than a third of people in Bangladesh now live below the national poverty line.

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A Bangladesh homeless woman sleeps at a bus shelter in Dhaka under a billboard advertising toiletries. The latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report, released by the UNDP, indicates that less than a third of people in Bangladesh now live below the national poverty line.

Afghanistan society...epa03872131 Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 September 2013. Afghanistan's independent human rights commission might lose its "A" status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said 17 September. The reason was "the process leading up to the appointment of five new members" of the Afghan rights commission, which was "sufficiently flawed" for it to lose its ìAî status, according to Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.  EPA/S. SABAWOON

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Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday 

Roma Communities Struggle Against Abject Poverty...PONORATA, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Young Roma children attend a preschool class in the abjectly poor Roma settlement of Ponorata on September 11, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. A Romanian NGO called OvidiuRo, co-founded by Leslie Hawke, who is the mother of American actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get young Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food at Ponorata and 23 other Roma communities across Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.

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Young children attend a pre-school class in the Roma settlement of Ponorata in Romania. OvidiuRo, a Romanian non-governmental organisation co-founded by Leslie Hawke, the mother of US actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalour at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95 per cent are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection. 

Afghan boys transport containers of water with a wheelbarrow on the outskirts of Herat on Tuesday. The war-torn country still faces poverty, unemployment and lack of infrastructure despite western aid money which has flooded Afghanistan in the 11 years since a US-led invasion toppled the hard line Islamist Taliban regime.

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Afghan boys transport containers of water with a wheelbarrow on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan on Tuesday. The war-torn country still faces poverty, unemployment and lack of infrastructure despite western aid that has flooded Afghanistan in the 11 years since a US-led invasion toppled the Islamist Taliban regime.

Refugio poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec...Refugio, 82, poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec, July 26, 2013. Mexico's poverty rate fell 0.6 percent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3 million people, the government's social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by half a million people in that time. Picture taken July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Refugio, 82, inside her house in Zitlaltepec. Mexico’s poverty rate fell 0.6 per cent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3m people, the government’s social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by 500,000 people in that time. 

Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila...Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila July 18, 2013. Picture taken July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Street children sleep under a bridge in Parañaque city, Metro Manila 

TOPSHOTS Indian school children hold candles as they payi tribute to school children that died from food poisoning in Saran district of Bihar state, at a government school in Amritsar on July 18, 2013. Thousands of schoolchildren were refusing free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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Youngsters hold candles as they pay tribute to children who died from food poisoning in India‘s Saran district of Bihar state, at a government school in Amritsar on Thursday. Thousands of youngsters were refusing free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said 

Palestinian children wait to receive food, donated by the Islamic endowment authority Islamic waqf, at a soup kitchen in the West Bank city of Hebron during the holy month of Ramadan July 18, 2013. During Ramadan, there is an increase in demand for food, a manager at the soup kitchen said.

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Palestinian children wait to receive food, donated by the Islamic waqf relief agency, at a soup kitchen in the West Bank city of Hebron during the holy month of Ramadan, it is a time, says the manager of the kitchen, when there is an increase demand for food

A woman holds a child as laundry dries o...A woman holds a child as laundry dries on July 9, 2013 in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine, run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana. On August 16, 2012, police at the Marikana mine open fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike was for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase.

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A woman holds a child as laundry dries on Tuesday in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana, South Africa. On August 16, 2012, police at the mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase. 

A homeless man sleeps on the ground in L...A homeless man sleeps on the ground in Lisbon on July 3, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless man sleeps in Lisbon, Portugal

Insects and birds fly in a dump yard as a rag picker collects scraps in New Delh

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Insects and birds fly in a dump yard as a rag picker collects scraps in New Delhi on Thursday.

Daily Life In The Alexandra Township...JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26:  Phaphama Nxumalo (L), 12, and Natasha Mbatha, 9, members of the Alexandra Trampoline Club, practices in an alleyway between apartment blocks June 26, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A township with a wide spectrum of housing types, including shacks and contemporary homes, Alexandra is situated next to the wealthy suburb of Sandton, laying bare post-apartheid South Africa's vast gulf between wealth and poverty.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Phaphama Nxumalo (left), 12, and Natasha Mbatha, 9, members of the Alexandra Trampoline Club, on Wednesday practise in an alleyway between apartment blocks in Johannesburg, South Africa. A township with a wide spectrum of housing types, including shacks and contemporary homes, Alexandra is situated next to the wealthy suburb of Sandton, laying bare post-apartheid South Africa’s vast gulf between wealth and poverty.