To battle poverty, we will have to address violence

by Mr. Sheehy

The way our world works, poor people–by virtue of their poverty–are not only vulnerable to hunger, disease, homelessness, illiteracy, and a lack of opportunity; they are also vulnerable to violence. Violence is as much a part of what it means to be poor as being hungry, sick, homeless, or jobless. In fact . . . violence is frequently the problem that poor people are most concerned about. It is one of the core reasons they are poor in the first place, and one of the primary reasons they stay poor. Indeed, we will simply never be able to win the battle against extreme poverty unless we address it. (43)

Gary A. Haugen, in The Locust Effect