Lacking in natural resources, Comoros is largely dependent
on foreign aid and for its expatriates sending money back home.
Around 60% of its population rely on less than 60p a day and
unemployment is running at around 20%.
Almost half of the population of
Comoros are children under the age of 15 with a life expectancy for 62yrs for
males and 67 for females. Education for these children is of a poor standard
with less than half of all children actually attending classes, not least
because of a lack of proper schools, equipment and even teachers who often
refuse to work as they regularly find themselves unpaid. Ironically given that Comoros is
surrounded by water, access to safe water is a serious issue on the islands.
Whilst some of
these difficulties are man made through poor hygiene practices compounded by a
lack of adequate sanitation leading to outbreaks of cholera and diarrhoea, one
of the world's most active volcanoes, Mount Karthala, regularly erupts with
toxic ash entering the water supply chain.
The above video
explores what should have been an island paradise for tourists rather than a
conflict zone, although recent settlements have provided some stability.