Dear Editor, 

When a child is born in the United States, it has all the necessities available to develop and become a sound human. In most developing countries, this may not be the case, making millions of children victims of poverty. This includes hunger, child trafficking, terrorism and death of innocent people. Extreme poverty provides an environment where humans are forced to do acts that are morally wrong. Terrorism thrives in such places, and terrorist organization take advantage of innocent people trying to feed their families. Covid-19 has shown us how interconnected this planet is. It is evident that anything happening in one country has an effect on another.

One may ask how does helping other countries helps the United States. There are various reasons why this is true. When we support women’s rights across the globe, they are able to get education. Education increases household income making possible for parents to send their children to school. The standard of living goes up, lifting families out of extreme poverty. Educated women are able to make informed decision about their sexual health, decreasing world population. When countries are developed, they have more money to buy imported goods. Minimizing poverty leads to a healthy society giving less chance for terrorist organizations to exploit innocent humans. In return the United States is strengthening its national security. Being an intern at The Borgen Project I have learned how much the United States is contributing to bring people out of extreme poverty, but there is more work.

Salman Funyas 

Burke, VA

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