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I took a look at the GDP/capita in $/year vs. life expectancy chart for the different countries of the world and I remembered one of the past readings mentioned Rwanda as being fairly bad off (third world so to speak). When I watched the chart, a couple things stuck out to me. The first thing I found interesting was that at some point before 1940 (give or take a few years) Rwanda’s life expectancy was 10 years. That’s absolutely insane. That’s not even long enough to hit puberty, which sounds to me like there’s no way for the society to survive. The second was that as the years progressed and the life expectancy bounced back, it wasn’t always tied to GDP/capita. The majority of the time it was (like 49/50 times) but there were a few instances where life expectancy went up even though GDP/Capita went down.