Tale of two babies: One from Nepal, one from U.K.

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Right: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File. Left: Thapa/KathmanduToday.com via AP

One week before the world welcomed the birth of royal baby Princess Charlotte in the United Kingdom, rescue workers thousands of miles away in Nepal were desperately searching through a pile of rubble for another baby, four-month-old Sonit Awal, after the recent 8.1-earthquake (7.8 according to USGS) devastated the country.

When they finally found Sonit alive, the baby covered in dust became a symbol of hope in a bleak moment in Nepal’s history. As the recovery continues in Nepal, and Britons ogle their new addition to the royal line, the fate of these two children couldn’t seem more divergent.

Here’s a look at how different the lives are for a child born in Nepal, compared to a one born in the United Kingdom. The comparison is meant to highlight how extreme global inequalities are — which are often even more pronounced during natural disasters — and does not offer commentary on the merits of either country.

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Sources: World Bank, World Health Organization, United Nations, Environmental Performance Index.