The poverty affects all of the characters in Angela's ashes because they are going through starvation. The little babies get sick because their hunger. If i was the father i would try to get a ob or move to another country or state. I think she did nothing wrong. The father is always drinking and doesn't help the family.
I think that this family lives like this because they are struggling by getting food. By giving them money of food. No i don't know nobody that lives like that. It's way worst than the poverty in America cause we have money and more food