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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The root causes of exclusion

The children most at risk of missing out on the Millennium agenda, and on their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, live in all countries, societies and communities. An excluded child is one who lives in an urban slum in Venezuela and takes care of her four siblings; a Cambodian girl living alone with her brothers because her mother had to go elsewhere to find a job; a Jordanian teenager working to help his family and unable to play with his friends; an orphan in Botswana who lost his mother to AIDS; a child confined to a wheelchair and unable to attend school in Uzbekistan; or a young boy working as a domestic in Nepal.

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