1.2.2 Being born rich, being born poor
While today fewer children are born into poverty, this progress has not been evenly spread around the world or even within the ‘developed’ world, where poverty, even in the West’s richest countries, has a dire impact on the lives of mothers and babies.
The following video shows a family in the USA and one in Cambodia each struggling with poverty in very different parts of the world. (It is from a longer programme from the ‘Why poverty’ series that looked at poverty in families living in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, the USA and the UK.)
Documentary film-maker Brian Hill travelled from the UK to America, Cambodia and Sierra Leone to reveal the shocking lottery of child birth across the globe. The USA has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the developed world. In San Francisco, we meet expectant mother Starr, her partner and two children. A year ago, they became homeless, making her children among the 1.6 million homeless children now living in the US. In Cambodia, where babies are more likely to grow up malnourished than attend high school, we meet Neang, 36, and her 12-year-old son Pisey, who helps support his mother and little sister by scavenging the street for tins and plastic.
In the next section, you will look at income inequality from a global perspective.