Saturday, February 16, 2008

Finding life in logging miles

...nearly 15 percent of youth in grades 6-12 had attempted suicide.

40 percent of adults ages 45 and older had Type 2 diabetes, and that the rates were increasing among children.

Unemployment hovers at about 40 percent. More than three-quarters of the 6,184 miles of roads are not paved. Roughly half the homes lack plumbing.

64 percent of the families are below the poverty level. Her family drives into a town called Crystal each week to fill a 1,000-gallon cistern with water. They chop and haul wood in the winter to heat their home.


You wouldn't expect these stats to be describing a sub-set of the American population. You also probably wouldn't expect what the youth are doing to fight it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Burbs said...

Latinas ages 12-17 have suicide attempt rates of 15% as well.

In the interest of trying to find the roots and solutions, it'd be interesting to a situational comparison between the two groups.

1:42 PM  

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