How we care for children, protect their welfare, and prepare them for the future are the most expedient problems facing us in our lifetime. All children are our future they all need our love. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day and no less than 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are getting larger.
According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.
Approximately 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are ajudged to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the majority of the inadequacy are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Less than one per cent of what the world spent anually on weapons was necessary to enroll every child in school by the year 2000 and yet it did not materialize.
If present trends progresses, the Millennium Development Goals target of cutting in half the proportion of underweight children will be missed by 30 million children, mainly because of slow headway in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Based on enrolment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls. And these are regarded as optimistic numbers. Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Communicable diseases continue to destroy the lives of the poor across the world. An estimated 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, with 3 million deaths in 2004. There are 350-500 million cases of malaria yearly, with 1 million casualties: Africa accounts for 90 percent of malarial deaths and African children account for over 80 percent of malaria victims worldwide.
Behind these facts are beloved individual children and their families who shouldn’t have to agonize. We each have a moral responsibility to assure the vitality of all children because if we aren’t part of the solution then we’re part of the problem! Lets do what we can in abolishing poverty and starvation in the world.
Author: George KissiThis author has published 1 articles so far.