There isn’t that much abject poverty here in Baja Sur. Most people do okay. There are plenty of fish in the ocean and lots of fruit trees. It’s easy to farm if you have the desire. You don’t see a lot of homeless or beggars. I am sure there is hardship hidden but less that I expected. However the truth is that México has an enormous amount of poverty nationwide and the economic crisis that began in 2008 has only made it worse. It is very disheartening to think that over 46% of Mexicans live in such poverty.
The Washington Post had a great story on the rise in poverty in México as of a 2009 report but they have taken it offline. Here are the bare facts from the report.
MEXICO — The Mexican government says poverty rose by 1.7 percent between 2008 and 2010 due to the global economic crisis and an increase in food prices.
A study by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy says there were 52 million poor people in 2010 compared to 48.8 million in 2008.
That means about 46.2 percent of Mexico’s population of 112.7 lives in poverty. Of those, 10.4 percent live in extreme poverty.
The study released Friday says extreme poverty remained the same.
The council considers a person who earns 2,114 pesos ($181) per month to be poor. The extreme poor are those earning a monthly salary of less than 978 pesos ($84) in urban areas and 684 pesos ($58) in rural areas.
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