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If you are literate and capable of empathy, then I feel it incumbent upon you to read this. Not later, not soon, not when you have the spare time; you need to read it now. If you wish any real appreciation of what the poor go through, in the richest parts of the planet, then you need to read this. If you have the inclination, read the comments that span vast tracks of the bottom of the page, and realise the intensely personal impact this had on so many people.

Some of it is from a vividly american perspective, but I feel that a lot of it could be generalised to a lot of the first world. It doesn’t even begin to deal with poverty in the developing world, which is a whole different and even more troubling problem.