When do we observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty?

         One of the most persistent evils that world a face today is poverty. In 2012, there were about 1.2 billion poor people in the world, according to statistics. Although people say that poverty is a relative notion, it is generally understood as the scarcity of a certain amount of material possession or money to live a respectable life. On October 17, we observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

        We often mistake poverty to be a solely an economic problem. However, the phenomenon has many dimensions that include lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity. It is a matter of great shame that so many people still continue to live in abject poverty while certain parts of the world enjoy unprecedented levels of economic development, technological means and financial resources.

         It is true that poverty often coincides with human rights violations. If we all have wide-open eyes, an empathetic heart and love for humanity, we all can contribute in our own little way in eradicating poverty from the face of the Earth.

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