Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Answer to Poverty is...a Football Cup?

This is perhaps purely an example of the rich trying to get richer.  In Equatorial Guinea - a country where 60% of the population is in poverty - the government focuses it's efforts on hosting the Wonga cup.  As this article points out, the nation is host to a resource of oil - yet the majority of the population suffers.

However, also like Qatar, Equatorial Guinea does have lots of lovely oil. Unfortunately for the people of the country, the third smallest by land mass in continental Africa, they do not get to see much of the benefits. The Unicef reports are depressing in the extreme: 20 per cent of children die before the age of five; 60 per cent of the population live in poverty.

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