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10 powerful images that portray global poverty

Responsible Business | Aug 08, 2016


Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day. The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals were launched to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Goal 1 ‘No Poverty’ focuses on eradicating global poverty in all its forms by 2030.

Below you will find 10 thought provoking images of people still living in extreme poverty today.

1. A little dangerous boy II

A little dangerous boy II
By @princemypc

A boy from a tribal family in the Papikonalu forest. The forest is home to many tribal communities who survive from fishing in the nearby river and making handicrafts.

2. Poverty

By @Niv24

A child plays on a street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia while the mother sleeps on a mat and the father under a cart full of their possessions.

3. Reality show

Reality Show
By @gilad

Two homeless men sit on a bench in Tel Aviv, Israel with a friendly street dog.

4. Portrait of Poverty

Portrait of Poverty
By @InayatShah

A young child in Islamabad, Pakistan looks on as his mother sits across the street begging for charity. She passes the time by playing with pebbles and stones as if they were marbles.

5. Colour of poverty

Colour of Poverty
By @Sigpras

An image of a poor fisherman village in north Jakarta, Indonesia. This is where the city, of now 10 million people, originated over 500 years ago.

6. Poverty

By @matsichan

A haunting shot of an old woman begging on the streets in Jakarta, Indonesia.

7. Angels of the Dump 3

Angels of the Dump 3
By @henster311

A young girl in Guatemala toils under the hot sun shifting through burning rubbish to find plastic, aluminum and other scrap metals as well as games, toys and clothing.

8. Brothers

By @misternow

Two brothers live in a run down shantytown in Manila, Philippines. They wait for their mother who is out trying to make a living by washing clothes.

9. Determination

By @oO-Rein-Oo

This shot was taking in the northeast part of Brazil. The education system in many parts of the country is non-existent.

10. Essence of poverty II

Essence of poverty II
By @chilouX

A man with a bloodied shirt heads home after a hard days work in Havana, Cuba.


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