- Posted March 8, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
War Brings Poverty to a Land of Plenty
Are we talking about America? Or Angola?
A 1999 article by the BBC talks about the poverty in Angola.
The article states that Angola is not without resources that could be used to help it's hungry people.
A women that was interviewed said," Life here is terribly difficult. It takes all of our energy just to survive."
"Narette, and hundreds of thousands like her, receive no assistance from the Angolan government, nor from the UN, nor from the 150 aid agencies working in Angola."
The countryside is littered with the relics of war
The government is pumping its resources into fighting the war.
The relief agencies are doing their best, but they do not have enough money to cope with the constant flood of refugees, who are driven by the fighting to abandon their homes."
So, America can now be compared to Angola. The analogy is very stark.
After 11 years of constant war, America is now Angola- a Third World Country.
We can't care for our people because our government chooses war over peace.
Our resources are being wasted on constant wars.
People are being driven from their homes into the streets where they do what they must to survive.
The United States has it's priorities backwards.
It's supposed to provide an environment that helps people find employment, a home, and food.
America's 'War on Poverty' is the longest war we've been in.
And like many wars we've fought recently, we're losing.
Google Search, 'Poverty in America' and then Google, 'Poverty in the Angola'.
The faces you see are different but the cause of their plight is the same.
War brings this misery.,