Crying for the little girl – that is exactly how I felt in my heart as I watched the video. It is easy to look at the people captured on video but that is judging others. But you and I both know how easy it is to point to others. So what about us? Do we even care at all?
UNICEF Social Experiment
UNICEF published a video on June 28, 2016, featuring six-year-old child actress Anano. It is a social experiment to see how children are treated based on how they appear. I must warn you, this video is heart-wrenching.
Crying for the Little Girl
Chances are, you and I have seen them, the little boys and girls on the streets. Have we cared for the little children even once? Do we even care at all?
Crying for Humanity
In 2030, 167 million children will live in extreme poverty. 69 million children under the age of five will die between 2016 and 2030. 60 million children of primary school age will be out of school.
Compared to the richest children, the poorest children are 1.9 times as likely to die before the age of five. 38% of children leave primary school without learning how to read, write and do simple arithmetic. 1 in 4 of the world’s school-aged children lives in countries affected by a crisis.
Call to Action
- Over 165 million children will live on no more than US$1.90 a day – 9 out of 10 will live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Almost 70 million children under the age of 5 will die of largely preventable causes – and children in sub-Saharan Africa will be 10 times as likely to die as those from high-income countries.
- More than 60 million children aged 6 to 11 will be out of school – roughly the same number as today.
- 750 million women will have been married as children.
Inequality is a choice. Promoting equity, a fair chance for every child, for all children, is also a choice. A choice we can make and must make. For their future, and the future of our world. – Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
For more information: UNICEF – The State of the World’s Children 2016
Friends, please watch the 3-minute video if you have not done so before sharing your thoughts by commenting.