385 million children are living in extreme poverty

Poverty2A new report by UNICEF and the World Bank Group has been published:

“Children are not only more likely to be living in extreme poverty; the effects of poverty are most damaging to children.  They are the worst off of the worst off – and the youngest children are the worst off of all, because the deprivations they suffer affect the development of their bodies and their minds,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “It is shocking that half of all children in sub-Saharan Africa and one in five children in developing countries are growing up in extreme poverty.  This not only limits their futures, it drags down their societies.”

Some facts:

  • 767 million people globally were living on less than $1.90 per day in 2013, half of them under the age of 18.
  • extreme child poverty is based on data from 89 countries, representing 83 per cent of the developing world’s population.
  • About 45 per cent of children are living in households subsisting on less than $3.10 a day per person, compared with nearly 27 per cent of adults.

 

For more go to UNICEF

 

 

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