Alabama Change Region
15-day tour of the U.S. that also includes stops in California, West Virginia, Puerto
Rico, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
"Some might ask why a UN Special
Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the
United States. But despite great wealth in the US, there also exists great poverty and inequality," Alston said in a statement.
Alston will spend Thursday in Lowndes
County, where he will be looking at issues like health care, access to clean and safe drinking water, and sanitation.
The Guardian reported in September on study exposing the fact that a small number of people have tested positive for hookworm
- a parasitic disease found in impoverished areas around the world - in Lowndes County.