Alabama has the Worst Poverty in the Developed World, U.N. Official Says

by Carlos Ballesteros

A pedestrian walks through a neighborhood with run down homes on March 6, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the U.S. was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. The tour through Alabama’s rural communities is part of a 2-week investigation by the U.N. on poverty and human rights abuses in the U.S., so far, U.N. investigators have visited cities and towns in California and Alabama, and will soon travel to Puerto Rico, D.C., and West Virginia.