A few days ago I received email about what it was like 100 years ago. Meant to be amusing, it listed many facts that were true in 1909 but are absurd to most US citizens today. See 100 Years Ago in America. The fact list starts out by saying ... "This will boggle your mine, I know it did mine..."
After I read the email, I wrote the following back to the person who sent it to me:
"What boggles my mind is that in the year 2009:
1 billion people wordwide (1 in 6) do not have access to clean water.
1.8 million children die every year from waterborne diseases, including diarrhea.
40 billion hours are spent each year in Africa to fetch and haul water
The top THREE leading killers of children are penumonia, diarrhea, and malaria
How can we let this go on?"
Diarrhea was listed as one of the leading causes of death in 1909. Many people find that absurd, but is it still true today.
It is amazing that while we are doing extremely well in the USA there are people around the world struggling as much or more than those in 1909.