Half of the children around the world could be missing out on childhood. Yes, half. These children are excluded from the basics that every child deserves – health care… an education… even food. The reasons « why » vary. 1 billion children live in countries plagued by poverty. And every day, more than 15,000 children die before their fifth birthday from preventable causes.
Today, on International Children’s Day — Save the Children publishes our second annual End of Childhood Report, The Many Faces of Exclusion. The report identifies eight ways children get robbed of their childhoods. Each event represents an assault on childhood.
The report compares the data for 175 countries and assesses where the most children are missing out on childhood. Although it’s true that most of these excluded children live in the developing world, you may be surprised to see how the U.S. stacks up.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Save the Children is on the ground every day doing whatever it takes to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Because no child should be excluded — every last child deserves a childhood.