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The State of the World's Children 2005

Childhood Under Threat

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The 2005 edition of UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children focuses on how poverty, conflict and HIV/AIDS threaten the idea of childhood as a period of time for children to grow and develop to their full potential. In several regions and countries, some of the gains made since the adoption of the Convention on the rights of the child in 1989 are in danger of reversal. The rights of over 1 billion children are violated by being severely underserved of one or more of the basic services required to survive, grow and develop.

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Childhood under threat

Pictures of childhood: boys and girls scavenging in the rubbish piles of Manila, coerced into carrying an AK-47 in the jungles of Democratic Republic of the Congo, forced into prostitution on the streets of Moscow, begging for food in Rio de Janeiro, orphaned by AIDS in Botswana. Pictures that are replicated again and again – different lives, different countries, but hauntingly similar images – as millions of children grow up in poverty, are caught up in armed conflict or are orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in these beginning years of the 21st century.

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