Across the world, a shockingly high number of children are living in less than adequate conditions, and therefore being stripped of their childhoods and happiness.
According to a new report by Save the Children, a nonprofit organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief efforts, and helps to support children in countries that are developing, over half the children in the world are at risk of poverty, conflict, and gender bias. This is a huge number, one that is undoubtedly dismal and discouraging. How can this shocking statistic be remedied?
The expanded report reads that 1.2 billion children are either at risk for poverty, conflict, or gender bias. 153 million children are experiencing all three, simultaneously. These factors are not only robbing an increasingly high amount of children of their childhoods but additionally impacting their futures and making it harder for them to move forward. Many of these children are growing up in war zones, and thus at risk for marrying very early, malnutrition, child labor, and other factors of great detriment.
This organization, Save the Children, also created an index to rank countries where children were at their highest or lowest risk. They did this to find trends in hopes of remedying this world-wide problem.
The report notes some fascinating yet surprisingly dark statistics. The United States, in particular, was ranked 36 out of the 175 countries indexed. This moved it up, compared to the rankings the year before, and it sat right between Belarus and Russia. The expansion of this statistic demonstrated that children in the United States were victims of extreme violence, with the homicide rate at the same rate as Yemen, Afghanistan, North Korea, and the Philippines. The report also recorded that over 6 million children in the United States live in deep poverty.
Niger, Mali, and the Central African Republic were at the bottom for the countries where children are seen to be most at risk. At the top, ranking as the best places for children, were Singapore and Slovenia, and then Norway and Sweden coming up close behind. I think, if these statistics and rankings make anything clear, it is that we need to work together to make the world a better place for all children and give them their childhoods, securities, and the prospect for a good and safe future.