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Media should focus attention on countries that need help

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Jason Mejia-Gutierrez, guest columnist

In the news these days they talk about France, Belgium, Russia, and other rich countries. The media usually says what is happening in those countries and only those countries. But they don’t focus on poor countries that actually need help, whether it’s with money, resources, food, etc. they need more help than the rich countries. You might ask, “what countries are you talking about?” Countries like Myanmar, El Salvador, Honduras, Kenya, Somalia, etc. Also most of these countries need help with security. Most poor countries have high murder rates, lots of robberies, and many gang or terrorist groups talking over the country.

In Central America, countries like Honduras and El Salvador are suffering from poverty and violent crimes. In 2012 Honduras was named the most dangerous country in the world. Honduras had a murder rate of 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, most from gang-related crimes. El Salvador has been called the “World’s Deadliest Country.” In the first two months of 2016, about 1,400 people have been killed in El Salvador. Also in 2015 over 6,000 people were reported dead. But people don’t really notice. Just because it’s not France or a rich country, people don’t really care.

In Eastern Africa there is a country named Somalia. The country not only has terrorist groups attacking their own people, but many also live in poverty. Somalia has an estimated population of 12 million. About 82 percent of Somalis are living in poverty. Overall, 73 percent of Somalis live earning $2 per day at the most. Somalia has one of the world’s lowest enrollment rates for school. Only 42 percent of children are in school. Of those 42 percent only 36 percent are girls. Some children have to work for their family instead of going to school.

Myanmar, a country in Asia known as Burma, has a crisis of corruption. It is common in Myanmar to charge under-the-table payments for government services, to bribe tax collectors to save on your own tax payment, and to bribe customs officials to avoid paying fees. But in Myanmar there isn’t just corruption in money. It’s also in political parties, import and exports, and land ownership. This is basically like bribery. Nobody notices it since it’s not a rich country.

Honduras, El Salvador, Somalia, Myanmar are just some of the countries that need help. I feel like we need to start focusing on these poor countries that actually need help and start helping them. Belgium, France, Germany, and Russia are countries that have money and people. They don’t really need help from other countries. But we focus on them so much because of our government’s financial interests that we forget about the countries that need the help. Think about it.

• Jason Mejia-Gutierrez, 14, loves to play soccer.

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