Shocking Statistics

610Reuters AlertNet has a fascinating tool on its website that allows you to generate interactive charts comparing humanitarian statistics across countries. You can compare average life expectancies, internet use, access to sanitation and water, maternal mortality, and much more.

All statistics have been gathered by various UN agencies. However, there is one catch – data exists only for years 2000 – 2005.

Nevertheless, the numbers, although slightly outdated, are still mind-blowing. For instance, with a few clicks of the mouse, I was able to compare the 2005 average life expectancy of the UK (79), US (78), Sudan (57), Congo (46), and Rwanda (45).

Many of the discrepancies between countries are unbelievable (and inexcusable).

Try it out yourself.