6 Outrageous Facts
Each of these facts is outrageous but totally true. For more outrageous facts head to TakePart: http://bit.ly/1HFOKfV
- •Fact #1: Nearly 75 percent of Americans perceive widespread corruption in their governmentThis is according to a September 2015 survey by Gallup. The U.S. is not alone. Majorities in 108 of 129 countries experience widespread corruption. American citizens and media, however, feel free to criticize their government. In countries where there is no free press, such as Rwanda and Singapore, few citizens report seeing corruption, according to the survey.
- •Fact #2: An estimated 35.8 million people around the world are enslavedLegal slavery ended in 1981, when the West African nation of Mauritania became the last to officially abolish it. Despite that, an estimated 35.8 million people around the world are enslaved, according to the Australia-based NGO Walk Free Foundation’s 2014 Global Slavery Index, and the 10 countries with the most slaves comprise 71 percent of the global numbers. The country with the highest proportion is Mauritania, where slaves make up 4 percent of the population. In terms of sheer numbers, Indi
- •Fact #3: More than half the world's underground water is depleting at an alarming rateFrom 2003 to 2013, NASA’s GRACE satellites took precise measurements of underground aquifers and found that 21 of the world’s 37 largest aquifers were over-tapped, meaning that more water was removed than replaced during the past decade. With less rainfall, communities are increasingly relying on water found underground. The problem is that it takes thousands of years for snowmelt and rain to replenish aquifers, according to the NASA researchers.
- •Fact #4: Nearly 60 million people around the world are displaced from their homes due to war and violence.Persecution, war, violence, and human rights violations worldwide forced 59.5 million people out of their homes by the end of 2014, according to a new report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
- •Fact #5: Every year more than 465,000 children die from Malaria.The disease that once took almost 900,000 lives in a year remains a serious concern, according to a report from the World Health Organization released last December. While prospects are getting better—there’s been a 40 percent drop in child malaria deaths since 2000—more is still to be done.
- •Fact #6: Jails outnumber colleges in the United StatesJails in America slightly outnumber colleges and universities, according to recently compiled data from the 2010 census. In that year, there were at least 5,000 jails and prisons in the U.S., while the number of degree-granting colleges and universities stood at 4,599. Another shocking statistic: America incarcerates a far larger margin of the population than does the rest of the world.