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How long can you survive in extreme poverty?

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For many of us, poverty is largely an abstract concept. We relate to it in terms of dollars or percentages. (For example, 40 percent of people living in the United States will spend at least one year at or below the poverty line between the ages of 25 and 75.) But an organization called Live58 has released a game that brings home the way that poverty, for people who are living it, is not about numbers. It's about choices. Choosing between education and clean water. Using what little money is available for medical treatment or for food. 

In an informal poll at U.S. Catholic, most of us were not able to survive more than a week. Give it a try here. How long can you survive?

Image: Flickr photo cc Renett Stowe.