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What Do Liberia and Virginia Have in Common?

Afric vs African American hunger poverty 8.16.12

A market in Liberia. (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

by Kristen Archer.

Liberia is about the same size as Virginia, but its poverty rate is nearly quadruple that of African-Americans in that state. 

“Hunger and poverty among African-Americans mirror the unjust circumstances many people in African nations endure,” said Rev. Derrick Boykin, associate for African-American leadership outreach at Bread for the World. “However, hunger and poverty impacts many African nations more severely, often resulting in disease or even death.”


Bread for the World released a new analysis today exploring connections between hunger and poverty in the African-American community and in Africa. The analysis, titled “Shared History, Shared Experiences: Hunger and Poverty Among African-Americans and Africans,” compares hunger and poverty in three African nations to that in U.S. states of similar sizes. 

To support mutually beneficial partnerships for the United States and Africa, Bread for the World formed “African American Voices for Africa,” a network of leaders calling for the empowerment of African people by advocating for policies that eradicate hunger, poverty, and disease.

Kristen-youngbloodKristen Archer is a media relations specialist at Bread for the World.



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