Date Published: January 27, 2009
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Peter J. Hotez, Tommy G. Thompson
Partial Text: It comes as no surprise that poverty breeds political instability, and some of the most troubled regions on our planet are disproportionately represented by nations with large numbers of people who live on less than US$1 per day. It has been observed that most of the people living in the societies of the “bottom billion,” i.e., the world’s poorest people who live on little or no money, are either currently engaged in a civil war or have recently been through one, and today civil war breaks out almost exclusively in low-income countries . In such areas the risk of conflict has been shown to increase as the starting income of the country diminishes .