The State of the World's Children 2006

Excluded and Invisible

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This year’s report highlights the needs of the millions of children who have not been the beneficiaries of past gains, the ones who are excluded or ‘invisible’. As the world presses ahead with the strategies, initiatives and financing needed to realize the vision of the Millennium Declaration, it must not allow these children to be forgotten.

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Invisible children

The root causes of exclusion – extreme poverty, poor governance, armed conflict, HIV/AIDS, inequalities and discrimination – have pernicious consequences beyond excluding children from essential services. They also foster conditions that heighten the risk of children being exploited, neglected, trafficked or abused. The breakdown in the rule of law that often accompanies armed conflict, for example, can leave children exposed to sexual violence or exploitation. Children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS are not only at greater risk of missing out on an education, they may also face stigmatization and neglect in their communities. Those who traffic children look not in the rich suburbs but in the slums and among the most destitute for their victims.

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