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Facts About Orphans Worldwide

Orphans

·         An estimated 150 million children worldwide are orphans (UNICEF).

Child Labor

·         Worldwide, there are 168 million child laborers, accounting for almost 11% of children (ILO).

Education

·         263 million children and youth are out of school (UNESCO).
·         An estimated 61 million primary-school-age children are out of school; 53% of them are girls (UNICEF).

Health

·         There are 69 million children worldwide who suffer from malnutrition (World Bank).
·         In 2017, 75% of malnourished children lived in less developed regions (WHO).
·         Nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5 can be attributed to under nutrition, resulting in the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year (UNICEF).
·         66 million primary-school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone (WHO).

Mortality

·         In 2017, 15,000 children under the age of 5 died every day, that's equivalent to 1 child every 17 seconds (WHO).
·         Leading causes of death in under-5 year olds are birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhea and malaria. About 45% of child death are linked to malnutrition (WHO).
·         2.7 million children die every year in the first month of life, and a similar number are stillborn (WHO).  

Poverty

·         Children represent roughly a third of the world's population but account for almost half of all people living in extreme poverty (UNICEF). 

Refugees & Migrants

·         An unprecedented 68.5 million people have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are children (UNICEF). 
·         10,000 unaccompanied migrant children are missing in Europe (Europol)

 War & Conflict

·         There are over 250 million children living in countries affected by conflict (UNICEF).
·         1 in 4 of the world's children live in a conflict or disaster zone (UNICEF).
·         20 people are forced to flee from their homes every minute (UNHCR).

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