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    Default Providing contraception to third wirld countries

    Ok so first off i would like to state i am not fully educated in this topic and what im about to say and ask is purely from what i see and hear (on tv) .

    Also im not being or trying to be insensitive or rude or anything, mayby my suggestion is easier said than done/more complicated and curious as to why these things happen.


    So tonight i watched a show of a family in a third world country and they lived in extreme poverty
    -going without food for days
    -living in a made shelter
    -no running water
    -hole on the ground for a toilet
    -no electricity and so on.
    -very short life span

    But what got to me is that they had alot of children and the youngest being only months old.

    I just cant understand why they had one child to begin with let alone continually having more.

    Im not saying they dont deserve to have children or that its their fault or anything but i just cant understand why they would have more and more when living in such horrible conditions.

    For me i could never bring a child into a life were it would actually have no life really at all.

    So my question is why, what are their reasons for continually having children?

    My idea is - could providing these women with free continious contraception along with food, water, shelter, be a good way to help them reduce the amount of people living in extreme poverty?

    For myself i couldnt imagine wanting to do the deed if i lived like that full stop. But i can see that mayby that is one thing to give them self pleasure/joy/release and obviously its something that only comes natural when man and woman fall inlove.

    It pains me when world vision adds come on tv and show mothers with 3/4 kids that a very anorexic and doing dangerous things just to get a tiny meal.

    Im first thought/feeling is anger!
    Why are we spending million on a stupid olympics when we could save thousands with that money.

    Why are famous people buying a house in 3 different countries when there are kids who have no safe place to sleep.

    Angry that the government/queen dont do enough to help while they sit on their private plans and ride in their horse and carriage.

    Then my 2nd feeling is sadness.
    Sad that a baby has to feel extreme hunger with no end in sight

    Sad that a 6 yr old has to risk their life for a meal

    Sad that a mother has to stay in a hut while being very sick and having to watch their kids starve

    Then my 3rd feeling returns to frustration

    Frustrated as to why they keep having babies.

    And the babies that survive then go on to have babies and the cycle repeats.

    And my 4th feeling is anger and hate.

    Hate towards government for not caring for their people

    Hate towards famous people who spend thousands on bed linen, who import house furniture from around the world for thousands of dollars.

    Hate famous people who give a thousand dollars to charity and then think they have done enough.

    These people have the power and the money to change so many kids lives!


    Just so angry that families have to suffer the way they do.

    Its not fair
    Its not right
    Its not ok

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    It's good in theory, but when the health and medical systems in third world countries aren't up to scratch, how exactly do you expect them to actually get the contraception out to all these women, INCLUDING education of the contraceptions themselves and the various types of contraceptives? And more importantly, there are so many health issues I'd imagine contraception wouldn't be the first thing that would be considered IF the medical and health systems ever did become competent.
    Why do they continue having children? Most of the time it's not consensual. Rape is a very, very common occurrence in third world countries. They pretty much have no choice - it just happens, and if they do get pregnant, they again have no options because of crap medical systems. There is also very little education, so I don't believe that many of these people would actually know much about pregnancy and how it comes to be.
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    Yeah it's not as easy as just handing out condoms unfortunately

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    Yea thats some good information i didnt think of.

    It just angers me so much that there is even a problem in countries were people are homeless and hungry.

    We have the money to help them but the people with the money keep putting it into the wrong things like paying 6 actors in one movie millions of dollars each.

    Alwell i guess it is was it is. And can just only hope itl change in the future.

    We are trying out best to change our pollution so the next generation can enjoy earth...
    Well i hope someone changes the world and stops there from being starving families for the next generation to see!

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    It will take a lot more than money to eliminate poverty.

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    As above, quite often the women and young girls are raped and have no say in it.
    Also, their children often die young so I can understand why they would have more (I know I would.) They feel the same about their children as we do. Alot of the time they are not educated to even know that there is a way to not get pregnant.

    I agree, the world is messed up. I simply cannot understand how we can spend millions on making movies when people are starving It is quite often their own governments that keep their people living like this. It's such a hard issue

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    I used to think the same as you, I would see those World Vision ads and think why keep having children when the land they live on can't sustain them but then I read some amazing books which really opened my eyes.

    The hard thing is that in those countries, women are not educated so they don't know any better. They don't have the right to refuse their husbands and they are also not allowed to use contraception. In a lot of the villages, people believe that condoms are what causes aids. Completely ridiculous but a lot of people believe it. There is also an enormously high rate of rape against women and young girls.

    I would recommend reading Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof. It's a very eye opening read. Some of it made me cry but it really explains how these countries can be in such poverty. Nicholas explains how he and his Wife are helping women in these countries. They believe that educating girls leads to later marriages, better chances at making their own income and surviving and then obviously having a family later in life means less children etc.

    It you are interested it's certainly worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazturtle View Post
    I used to think the same as you, I would see those World Vision ads and think why keep having children when the land they live on can't sustain them but then I read some amazing books which really opened my eyes.

    The hard thing is that in those countries, women are not educated so they don't know any better. They don't have the right to refuse their husbands and they are also not allowed to use contraception. In a lot of the villages, people believe that condoms are what causes aids. Completely ridiculous but a lot of people believe it. There is also an enormously high rate of rape against women and young girls.

    I would recommend reading Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof. It's a very eye opening read. Some of it made me cry but it really explains how these countries can be in such poverty. Nicholas explains how he and his Wife are helping women in these countries. They believe that educating girls leads to later marriages, better chances at making their own income and surviving and then obviously having a family later in life means less children etc.

    It you are interested it's certainly worth a look.
    Oh ok yeah i wil definetely look that book up!

    Thats so horrible to think of how different their rights are snd i just cant understand it!

    I hate angelina joile with a passion haha but i have to say i give her alot of points for providing a few kids with a home, food, safety and opportunity to live a life were they can be kids while they are kids!!

    I know they need help getting education for the kids, but i wonder if theres a service where the women can recieve therapy/some one to confide in and help them deal emotionally with everything they face.

    I watched machine gun preacher! And i thought that was so sad what these people went through.
    And thought it was amazing one man devoting his whole life to help thrm survive

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    Good discussion topic. We he have a family friend who is a doctor and specialises in pediatrics and women's health. She has done a lot of work in Africa and says that most women she encountered didn't actually know anything about their menstrual cycle and what it meant. A lot of women keep getting pregnant but don't actually understand how to use any kind of rhythm method if they don't have access to contraception and are in a relationship.

    There are a lot of women who are assaulted, too.

    The fact that we are taught about our reproductive system is a luxury compared to some.

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    ive lived in a devloping country, and handing out contraception wouldnt help a great deal.
    many people know nothing about thier bodies and reproduction. poverty i an issue, and with zero social welfare itmakes sense to have 10 children, more chance that one will survive till adulthood, and be able to look after you when you are old.
    such a complex issue

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