Friday, March 05, 2010

Much Looting After Earthquake in Chile

In the days after the earthquake in Chile, looting occurred throughout the cities and towns affected. People broke into shops and kiosks and stole whatever they could, carrying off with expensive electronics and even ATMs. While most looters were poor, some were also middle class. Chile has great inequality, with the 15th highest Gini index in the world, at 54.9 in 2003. While Chile has made great strides in other areas- their growing economy, relatively low and continually dropping poverty rate, and big foreign investment, this does not seem to be good enough. These strides have not been sufficient, as people scrounged for whatever they could during the period of chaos after the earthquake hit.

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