Saturday, June 7, 2008
Beyond the beauty of natural wonders
Between the beautiful volcanoes, rain forests, and waterfalls lie many farms, towns, and cities, all of which contain many people who have nothing but themselves. Eighty percent of Nicaragua is in poverty, and it is the second most impoverished country in the Western hemisphere, after Haiti.
Most people survive day to day eating beans, rice, or corn. Many only make a dollar a day, which isn't sufficient to support the typical family of ten. The illiteracy rate has risen to forty five percent and the government is doing little about it.
The government has held several corrupt leaders who have stolen foreign aid funding, such as funding that was donated to help reconstruct the country after the Contra war and the 1972 earthquake (which killed 10,000 people in Managua, the country's capital). The country is in billions of dollars in debt because of unpaid loans, so the government is less than willing to reach out to its many poor citizens because it can not help itself.