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Looking at the world since 2001, according to WHO & other reports:

  • >2,500,000,000 humans living with less than $2 per day (decreasing);
  • 50,000,000-70,000,000 deaths per year, of which:
    • >7,000,000 deaths per year due to cancer (increasing)
    • >2,500,000 deaths per year due to HIV/AIDS (variable)
    • >1,000,000 deaths per year due to malaria (variable)
    • >1,000,000 deaths per year due to traffic accidents (variable)
    • >1,000,000 deaths per year due to natural accidents (flood, fire, drownings — variable)
    • >800,000 deaths per year due to suicide
    • >400,000 deaths per year due to nutritional deficiencies (increasing)
    • >150,000 deaths per year due to wars
  • and then...
    • <300 deaths total due to mad cow disease (decreasing)
    • ~600 deaths (as of april 2009) due to swine flu (increasing)
    • ~750,000 deaths per year due to nazi holocaust (average between 1933 and 1945)

These numbers were dancing in my head as I was visiting Oświęcim and its surroundings. Hurray for relativity.


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