almost 3000 people died in the september 11th terrorist attacks.
10 000 africans die every single day of AIDS, TB, and malaria.
the us spent as much in iraq for 2 weeks of fighting (about $2.5 billion) as it does for an entire year of economic development assistance in africa
the first two years of the war in iraq cost $60 billion / year, which is the same amount of money needed for the us to reach the globally agreed-upon amount of 0.7% of gnp for foreign aid. but instead it is sitting somewhere around 0.15%.
i got these humbling facts from The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, which i am reading for my dissertation.
no one can say that the rich world cannot afford to provide more to the people dying in africa. and yet we don't. and that makes me mad.