WE WERE HUMANS
By Allysson Lucca
The uproar of the poor becomes more acute when one thinks about the enormous
cost that the "arms race" presents.
- In 1983, the world spent an estimated $730 billion on arms. This figure
would have been enough to feed 2,000 poor children for a year.
- For the price of one tank, 520 schoolrooms could be equipped.
- The cost of a jet fighter represents that of 40,000 pharmacies.
- 90 countries are still suffering from the plague of the anti-personnel
landmines: 20,000 people a year become victims of these landmine explosions.
It costs only US$8 to produce a landmine. But it costs US$5,000 to deactivate
- Half of the victims of 50 years of conflicts have been children.
- In the whole world, there is an estimated 300,000 child soldiers.
- In industrialized countries, military expenses are 30 times greater than
aid to developing countries.
- Modern war's victims are 34% children, 59% civilians, 7% soldiers