Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”  ~ Mother Teresa

When you say poverty, it is not just lack of food or starvation, unemployment and not being able to receive proper education. It is more than being low – income, negative savings or high mortality rates.  Indeed, poverty is beyond those quantities and even questionable. Where is the line drawn for Poverty?

Poverty can exist in any place where people are ignored, rights are forbidden and faiths are unsecured. It could be in any society of rich or poor economy and in whatsoever political reign as long as the rights of people were not heard and kept forgotten. Yes, indeed.  Poverty does exist in every society because it depreciates a person’s capability, self-respect in society, freedom of choice, preferences and most importantly, participation in democratic process.

On June 16, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi gave a long overdue speech. She said:

“I am standing here because I was once a prisoner of conscience. As you look at me and listen to me, please remember the oft-repeated truth that one prisoner of conscience is one too many. Those who have not yet been freed, those who have not yet been given access to the benefits of justice in my country number much more than one. Please remember them and do whatever is possible to affect their earliest, unconditional release.”

Thus, poverty is more than basic food needs but the rights of human, being unwanted, uncared and forgotten.


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