A woman prepares a meal under a flyover in Jammu, India on Friday. The World Bank estimates that 400m of the world’s 1.2bn extreme poor are in India, many of them migrating to big cities in search of work and often ending up on the streets
Two homeless children sleep on a pavement in front of a closed shop in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday
A disabled man begs for money in a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand.
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’
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. 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. 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 about pensions in New Delhi, India. India is home to 142.9 million people aged 54 years or above
A young Afghan refugee sits on the side of an alley in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
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, 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
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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.
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
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, 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, 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 Parañaque city, Metro Manila
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 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 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.