There are statistics of all kinds, for all objectives possible, to tell the truth and to justify lies. They are raw or manipulated, they are political or politicised, they're used by dictators and democracy-lovers alike, they are sometimes trusted others discarded. They show and they hide. In the end they are just numbers.
This is an exercise!
If the world had a population of 100 people, the proportions for our own world would be:
Population according to continent
61 Asians, 13 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 North-Americans, 5 South-Americans, 1 Australasian.
Population according to religious preference
33 Christian (of all creeds), 18 Muslim, 14 Hindu, 6 Budhist, 16 non-religious, 13 other religions
Living standards and conditions
43 have no access to sanitation
18 have no access to fresh water
6 people own 59% of all richness
13 are hungry
14 don't know how to read and write
7 have secondary education
12 have a pc
3 have internet connection
1 adult is HIV positive
9 are disabled
18 live with $1 per day
53 live with $2 per day
If you have a bank account you are one of of the 30 richest in the world
If you have a bed, a closet, a refrigerator and a house you are richer than 75% of the population
Investment in this country of 100 people:
$1.12 trillion in armament
$1oo billion in development
It's just another statistic... So, why does this still surprise me?
(http://www.miniature-earth.com/ - the movie is quite impressive)