It Is Not All Floods and Famine

When the North thinks of the South, the image is often one of hopelessness: drought and destruction, floods and debt. Weeping fathers and mothers in disaster-ridden countries burying their children wrapped in old rags. Malnourished children with distended bellies and faces covered with flies. Once proud and dignified men, women and children begging for food with cupped hands — these are all common images in television and newspaper articles.

However, in the North and the South, the causes of poverty which make people vulnerable to disasters receive scant attention. Despite some decades of "development", most of the Southern nations are in desperate shape. Having pursued economic strategies largely modelled on Northern experience and inappropriate to local conditions, the countries find themselves deeply in debt and unable to extricate themselves from the quagmire of poverty.

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Himal Southasian