In addition to being known for its beautiful environments,
exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures, Africa has the dubious distinction
of having some of the poorest nations, largest populations,
and harshest living conditions in the world.
Despite its trove of natural resources, the yearly incomes of Africans
are some of the lowest in the world. Nearly half of its people live
on less than a dollar a day. Conflicts, harsh environments, and corrupt
governments have devasted economies,
forcing countries to borrow for goods and fuel.
Ironically, better health care in recent decades has caused further
problems in Africa. The population of the continent is approximately
800 million, and these increasing numbers have endangered the environment
and strained already weakened governments.