Somalia vs. Us

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Somalia vs United States Somalia, which is about the size of Texas, is a small country located in Eastern Africa next to the Indian Ocean. The United States, which is located on the Western Hemisphere, is bordered by Mexico and Canada and is between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Separated not only by the Atlantic Ocean, Somalia and the United States are also separated by the differences in economies and populations. These two countries that are quite opposite in size have some similarities in their governments and education systems. Somalia is one of the world's poorest and least developed countries (Campbell). Because of the Civil War, which broke out in 1991, much of Somalia's economy has been devastated. The war left many…show more content…
In contrast to Somalia, education in America is very important. Education for children is mandatory in all states up to a certain age (Hunt). Public primary and secondary schools are locally funded. Education is offered at all levels from pre-kindergarten to graduate school with public and private institutions. Many students, after finishing high school, go on to higher institutions of learning, such as universities and community colleges. Life in the United States is not a piece of cake, but living conditions here far exceed those in Somalia. John Hammock, director of Oxfam of America, said, " Look at how much money this country has and how many people go the bed hungry. We are not on the brink of famine, but in terms of people who are suffering, the United States is as devastated as any country in the Third World" (Campbell). In some areas of the US life is tough for some people. But unike Somalia, dedication to improve and learn will result in a better life. Success is rewarded to all those who strive to work hard and get far in the country of opportunity. There are bad areas in the US but the difference between the US and Somalia is that there are opportunities for a person to succeed. If someone works hard and tries to improve their living conditions they can achieve their goals and live a better life. As you can see, Somalia and the United States are two countries with major
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