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Eat your heart out, Alice!

Posted by feww on December 17, 2014

This beats your Wonderland hands down!

What a Wonderful World (!)

The number of richest people in the world has more than doubled since the financial crisis, up from 793 in March 2009 to 1,645 in March 2014. Their  aggregate net worth is $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion just a year ago, according to Forbes.

AND, here are some of the consequences:

  • Syria:
    • 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance including 7.6 million who have been internally displaced by violence, and 3.2 million others who have fled the country, says UNOCHA.
  • Iraq:
    • About 1,000,000 IDPs living in tents and other flimsy “shelters” are in need of heating.
  • Philippines:
    • About 4 million people in 9 regions were affected by Typhoon HAGUPIT, which destroyed at least 38,000 homes. About 157,000 people live in evacuation centers.
  • Central African Republic (CAR):
    • More than 2.7 million people, or 58.7 percent of the CAR population are in need of immediate assistance (UNHCR,05/12/2014).
    • As of September 2014, more than 1.7 million people were in Crisis and Emergency phases of food insecurity.
    • Multiple cases of cholera and measles have been reported among more than 750,000 IDPs.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo:
    • About 4.1 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance (FAO, 11/12/2014 ).
  • Guinea:
    • As of December 13, 2014 some 2,394 Ebola cases and 1,518 death have been  reported in Guinea (WHO).
    •  Ebola outbreak has affected 11 million people, or almost the entire population of Guinea (IFRC, 25/10/2014).
    • 4.3 million children live in the affected areas (UNICEF, 03/12/2014)..
  • Liberia:
    •  Some 3.73 million Liberian are in need of assistance (OCHA, 16/09/2014)
    • As of December 9, some 7,797 Ebola cases and 3,290 deaths have been reported in Liberia (WHO).
  • Sierra Leone:
    • The entire population of Sierra Leone (6.2 million) are in need of assistance as a consequence of Ebola outbreak (OCHA, 16/09/2014).
    • As of December 13, 2014 some 8,270 Ebola cases and 2,033 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone (WHO).
  • West Africa:
    • Total accumulative number of Ebola cases across West Africa (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) has reached 18,464 including 6,841 deaths (WHO, 15/12/2014). The numbers of reported cases and deaths are largely underestimated.


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