Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Poverty in front of our eyes

By: Kardia Rowe

When we hear the word poverty, we think of the countries oversea where people have no food, living in tents, drinking from dirty water and walking around without cloths. There are many people who think that there is no poverty in there state or city they live in. poverty is not just about the kids we see on TV, walking around without any shoes and are food deprived.

            In Philadelphia, there is more poverty around us than anyone could think. When we walk on the street we see a lot of homeless people begging for money or food because people won’t give them a chance at a job. According to the U.S census, 29 percent of residents in Philadelphia 1st Congressional District live in poverty. Out of the 10 largest cities in the country, Philadelphia is the poorest. Philadelphia also contains the largest number of children who are living in poverty. Parents have to go days without eating so their children could eat. They also have to decide on whether they have to buy food or pay the rent.

  A mother should never have to let their child go to school hungry. Hearing a child complaining that they are hungry is a mother’s fear. I knew poverty was around me in my city, but I never knew it was this bad. Even though it has gotten worst since the fall of the economy, but it was basically passed down from one generation to the next.

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