Sunday, February 27, 2011

Street chidren


According to UNICEF, there are more than 100 million street children in the world, and this number has not varied for more than 20 years. “Street children” is a term used to refer to homeless children under 18 years old deprived of family care and protection. In Latin America, the continent where most street children are to be found, there are 40 millions. UNICEF estimates that more than 50% of these 40 million boys and girls living on the streets in Latin America sniff industrial glue, which is the only drug they can afford. They are the clients of a business raising huge amounts of money: 77 million litres of glue are consumed every month.
Figures are appalling, but it gets even more serious if we realise what 20 million children represents. In Spain, there are 8 million children in total (to be precise, 8,290,639 children according to the 2010 census); in France, there are 13 million children (13,662,000 in 2008 according to UNICEF). Therefore, it is as if all children living in France and Spain, including babies and up to 17-year-old teenagers, were inhaling industrial glue.

Sources

  1. UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org
  2. Consortium for Street Children website, an international network working to promote street children’s rights: http://www.streetchildren.org.uk
  3. Spanish National Statistics Institute: http://www.ine.es/en/welcome_en.htm
  4. Statistics in France: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/france_statistics.html
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