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Poverty is a Death Sentence

Speaking at a forum at a church in Baltimore, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said the life expectancy for someone born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood is almost 20 years shorter than for someone born in the richest neighborhood.

Children in Baltimore have the least chance of escaping poverty of any big city in America.
Children in Baltimore have the least chance of escaping poverty of any big city in America.

He said 15 Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine’s West Bank.

He said Baltimore teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in economically distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa.
“Children in Baltimore have the least chance of escaping poverty of any big city in America,” Sanders said at the forum at the Carter Memorial Church of god in Christ.

Sanders prescriptions for addressing the problem include:

Watch a clip of the forum: