Colonization, life expectancy, natural disasters, literacy rate, and GDP of Benin
Created by lerdatho000 on Feb 17, 2011
Last updated: 02/24/11 at 05:34 AM
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In the simulation, I lived to be 87 years of age.
Standard of living means how well a person lives. My standard of living in Benin is low because their health care is not very good. Here are three things from my real life that show my standard of living in Benin. I owned no T.V.s. I had a lower income than most of the world. I also contracted multiple serious diseases most years.
G.D.P means what all services and products in that country are worth divided by the number of people in the country. The G.D.P in my country is $ 8,000. As a factory worker in Benin I am making 1600 in Communaute Financiere Africaine franc. In U.S. currency I make 16.75. I live on $.55 per day.
Literacy rate means the amount of people who are literate (they can read and write well) The literacy rate in Benin is 34.7%. Something that happened in my "Real Life" that illustrates this education level is my sister didn't qualify for college.
One difficulty I faced in my life was a Flood. Here is a detail about the flood, it killed 2 people and affected 310,000 people. This is common in Benin. This disaster impacted the country of Benin by killing 3 people. It will not be easy for this country to recover because it is very poor and so many people were affected.
My life expectancy in Benin is 59.42 years compared to 78.24 in the U.S. One reason for this difference in life expectancy could be the health care in Benin. Two details about my life in Benin are most families live with a mom and dad. Another is that my religion was Animist.
one difficulty I faced was contracting malaria. Here is a detail about malaria. Malaria is contracted through female mosquito bites. This is common in my country.This disease causes 23 percent of deaths among children under five in Benin. This disease impacts the country of Benin by killing much of the youth. Something Benin could do to stop this disease from spreading is mosquito netting.
The RUF attempted to take over the diamond mines in Sierra Leone. They killed thousands and then tried to take over the government. UN troops could not stop them, but finally a peace treaty did. It went from 1991 to 2002. If England had not taken such control of the diamond market, RUF might not have tried this. This is classified as corruption. Many people would leave because they did not want to be killed (If they were not part of RUF). After the treaty is signed, people might come back.
The reason Benin became independent from France is they wanted the army to take over which created socialism. Despite becoming independent, one way France's influence is still seen is they import lots of things from France.
Before Europeans, Benin was called Dahomey. The French were interested in the area of Dahomey (Benin) because they had cotton, seafood, and palm products.