Extreme poverty, absolute poverty or destitution, was originally defined by the United Nations in 1995 as “a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services.”
Poverty is complex and nuanced with changing dynamics that cause people to live outside of their God-given potential. It stems from natural disasters, wars, harsh climates, government corruption, unfair trade policies, debilitating social issues, lack of access to resources needed to build a solid community foundation and endless other factors that continue the cycle of generational poverty.
Here is a sobering look at extreme poverty in our world today: