How many is that?

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.

Joseph Stalin

With all of the violence and unrest in the world, we’ve become even more de-sensitized to large numbers. It’s too hard to fathom what one, two, ten or even twenty million really looks like. The following statistics try to put some of the world’s biggest tragedies (both current and historic) in context. They will help you put these large numbers into perspective using common reference points with which you are already familiar.

Domestic

Poverty (U.S. children)
There are 13.4 million children in poverty in the United States.

How many is that?

Domestic violence (women)
There are 1.3 million women who suffer from domestic violence each year in the United States.

How many is that?

Bullying
There are 3.2 million sixth through tenth graders bullied each year.

How many is that?

Genocide

Crisis in Congo
There have been 5.4 million deaths in Congo due to war-related causes since 1996.

How many is that?

Armenian genocide
There were 1.5 million people killed in the Armenian Genocide.

How many is that?

Darfur genocide
There were four hundred thousand people killed in the genocide in Darfur.

How many is that?

Rwanda genocide
There were eight hundred thousand people killed in the genocide in Rwanda.

How many is that?

Holocaust (all)
There were 11 million people killed in the Holocaust.

How many is that?

Holocaust (Jews)
There were 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

How many is that?

Global

HIV (World)
There are 33.4 million people living with HIV worldwide.

How many is that?

Slavery
There are 27 million enslaved people in the world today.

How many is that?

Educational access (girls)
There are 66 million girls in the world who do not have access to education.

How many is that?