There are literally millions upon millions of children around the world who have lost one or more parents, are hungry and starved for love. They are orphans.
The facts about orphans around the world are sadly staggering.
Here are some of them:
- It is estimated that 140 million children worldwide are orphans. By UNICEF’s definition, this is a child who has lost one or more parents.
- Worldwide, there are 168 million who are child laborers, accounting for almost 11 percent of children.
- There are 62.8 million children worldwide who suffer from acute malnutrition
- Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone in 2015, there were about 16,000 deaths every day of children under the age of five.
- 7 million babies die every year in their first month of life and a similar number are stillborn.
- 9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2015, equivalent to 11 children every minute
- Children represent almost half of all people living in extreme poverty although they make up roughly a third of the world’s population
- There were 19.5 million refugees in 2015; half of them were children