One quarter of the world's children live in south Asia.
40 Million children live on the streets of the world's
cities; in 1988, 8,000,000 of them were on the streets of
Sao Paolo, Brazil (population 32,000,000).
The average age of the homeless in the USA is 9.
12 Million children
a year die before reaching 5, mostly from preventable
Three US children die every day as a
result of abuse or neglect.
A child born in New York today is less likely to live to 5
than a child born in Shanghai.
30% of children in developing
countries do not complete 4 years of schooling.
Children in the US are owed US$34
billion in unpaid child support.
20% of all America's children live below the poverty line; 43.8% of
America's black children live below the poverty line.
In 1979, 1 in 10 children in the UK lived below the poverty line; in 1996,
it was 1 in 3.
2,000,000 children visit EuroDisney
A gun takes the
life of a child every 2 hours in the USA; 50,000 children
were killed by firearms between 1979 and 1991 - same
as US casualties in the Vietnam War.
In Liberia, children made up a quarter
of all civil war combatants.
Child mortality rates have fallen by
50% since 1946.
Children are tortured by the
authorities in 11 countries.
There are 100,000,000-200,000,000 child labourers worldwide.
64,000 US children aged 14-17 were treated in
hospital for work-related injuries in 1992.
In Angola, 7% of children had fired at
somebody in 1995.
In Sarajevo, 1 in 4 children
have been wounded.
In Rwanda, 114,000 children had been separated from
their families by the end of 1994.
In the UK, children begin to worry
about being too fat by the age of 8.
An extra US$30-40 billion would eradicate poverty by the year 2000.
In California youths serve sentences
60% longer than adults for the same crimes.
A baby born to an unskilled manual worker in the UK was
twice as likely to die in its first year as a baby from a
2,800 Children were murdered in
Columbia in 1991.
85% Of US child prostitutes have previously suffered rape,
incest or abuse.
1,000,000 Children work in
the Asian sex trade.
1,000,000 children worldwide have been born HIV-positive.
Children are the victims of summary execution in 32 countries.
US child star of Home Alone, Macaulay
Culkin is worth US$20 million.
By age 15, between 20-25 per cent of
British children have tried solvents or other drugs.
3,568 Legal abortions were performed on under
16-year-olds in the UK in 1988.
By the age of 18, young people have watched over
23,000 hours of television, many more than they have
spent in the classroom.
6,042 Children are arrested every day in the USA.
48 Brazilian orphans are available for adoption via the Internet.
50% Of Cambodians are under 15.
70% Of Indonesia's under 5s are malnourished according to a
local health official.
Ireland has the world's lowest infant mortality rate.
4,000 Children in the USA will be murdered by their parents this year.
1.3 Million US children run away from violence or rape every year.
40% Of murdered children were in the legal custody of social services at
2,000,000 Girls between 4 and 12 undergo genital mutilation every year.
At least 1,000,000 children a year are left
motherless by death in childbirth.
12% Of 15-year-olds in the
industrialised world smoke cigarettes every day.