Is the global community doing enough?
Robert Kiener, CQ Global Researcher, October 2009
The numbers are grim: Every day more than 25,000 children under age 5 — the equivalent of 125 jetliners full of youngsters — die from hunger, poverty or easily preventable illnesses, such as diarrhea and malaria. Millions of others are abandoned, trafficked into prostitution, forced into armed conflict or used as child laborers — mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
While governments and nongovernmental organizations struggle to help, aid cutbacks due to the world economic crisis could trigger 200,000–400,000 additional child deaths each year. Meanwhile, experts and policy makers disagree over how best to combat AIDS among children, and whether more foreign aid would do more harm than good. Others question whether the United States should ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United States is the only nation besides Somalia that hasn't adopted the treaty.
* Are rich nations giving enough aid to help children in poor countries?
* Should the United States ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child?
* Should AIDS prevention be emphasized more than treatment?
For more information see the CQ Global Researcher report on "Rescuing Children" [subscription required] or purchase the CQ Global Researcher PDF