FACTS/ STATE OF THE WORLD
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More than any other segment of humanity, children suffer, in a sense paying for the sins of adults. Today, more than 40 percent of our children live in absolute poverty – a total of 674 million children , and more than a billion children or 56 percent are living in severe deprivation.
- An estimated 10 million children have been forced into the sex industry
- About 500 million children live with debilitating hunger
- 134 million children have no access to any school whatsoever
- 15 million children are orphaned as a result of AIDS
- 246 million children work, with 171 million engaged in the worst forms of child labour
- 265 million children have not been immunized against any disease
- Over one third of children have to live in dwellings with more than five people per room
- Over half a billion children have no toilet facilities whatsoever
- Almost half a billion children lack access to published information of any kind
- 376 million children have more than a 15-minute walk to water and or are using unsafe water sources
- 300,000 young people are exploited as child soldiers