Poverty is very high and, the statistics are even higher for some groups such as children, the elderly and the sick, but the difficulty is so misconstrued, because people only think of poverty as something that is drastic and endangers one’s life, like in developing countries.
Nevertheless, poverty is extremely real and, it brings unhappiness to people’s lives and, is a direct assault on people’s basic rights and, restricts opportunities so that they can’t reach their full potential, it also excludes people socially and, limits their access to resources and, opportunities and, makes them feel discriminated against.
It makes them feel vulnerable and, at risk because they are without those resources. They end up owing money, suffer poor health and, also have an education disadvantage and, live in inadequate housing and, they end up in relative poverty.
Some can only provide low-priced food, fruit and vegetables to feed their children is too costly and, healthier food is too dear for them to buy.
The trouble is not that they run out of cash, there was no money in the first place and, the problem is that they live their whole life that way and, their children grow up that way too – try explaining that unfairness to your children.
Some people lose friends because they can’t take part in interests that others can, some can’t even go to self-help classes because that needs money and, there’s no additional money to do these things.
The system is too complex and, people don’t know where to go to get what.
Now that they’ve brought in the “under occupancy”, people can’t pay this extra money and, they will end up on the streets. Some will end up sleeping in cardboard boxes, some will attempt to get assistance, but they will be challenged with huge red tape, having to tell their story several times, again and again before they might get somewhere and, they may get a little sympathy from someone, but the rules still stop effective help.
The way people look at you is humiliating and, you are not deemed a human being.
Sometimes animals are better protected and, you struggle, but there is no real hope any longer.
Children won’t be able to ask their friends over anymore, because in the end homes will be too small, so they will be excluded and, then they will be required to lead a invisible life.
Parents of children will no longer be able to pay for school holidays or cultural pursuits and, children will bequeath their parents poverty.
IS THIS OUR FUTURE?