Hi, I am Bobby Scott. Welcome to Knoji Facts (KF). Today, 21,000 children will die in places all around the world. This is a very shocking statistic. According to Global Issues writer Anup Shah, " that is equivalent to: 1 child dying every 4 seconds,14 children dying every minute, a 2011 Libya conflict-scale death toll every day, a 2010 Haiti earthquake occurring every 10 days, a 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring every 11 days, an Iraq-scale death toll every 19â€“46 days, just under 7.6 million children dying every year, some 92 million children dying between 2000 and 2010."
" The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. Despite the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage." Follow us to learn why so many children are dying.
It is very hard to believe that a child dies every four seconds. If you take out your calculator, you can quickly find out that almost 875 kids die every hour and 14 kids die every minute. Why are so many children dying around the world? What reasonable efforts can be done to stop or alleviate this tragedy? It makes sense to help children. If you saw a child in your neighborhood that needed help, you would provide loving assistance. In many places around the world, children do not get food to eat or basic medical care. Researchers say that half of the people in the world live on less than $2.50 a day. In 2003, 10.6 million little ones died before age of five. Sadly, 29,000 children died for various reasons in that year. Why?
Here is what we do know about one of the biggest tragedies in the world today. The details and facts are reported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNCF). UNCF operates in 190 countries to protect the rights of children. This global tragedy continues mainly because of the media, the politics, and the corruption.
First, your local television station will not run this story. Most media outlets do not write about the 2.5 million children that died in South Asia in 2010. All the children were all under the age of five. The "big three" never informs the public about the 1 billion children that are living in poverty. The big networks would rather cover stories about which celebrity went to jail or the next box office hit. What about the children? Regardless of what any "mainstream revenue driven editor" say, when 21,000 children are dying everyday? The story should be told but it is not told because it is not profitable. Media outlets and newspapers are not the only ones that have forgotten about the rights of our children around the world.
Politicians and government officials make it hard for children to obtain the basic necessities. There are politicians and governments that do try to help. However, politicians are very inefficient when they are called upon to help the poor ones calling for help. In 2010, 1,696 preschoolers died in India. Consider a few facts that politicians have ignored for decades. Four-hundred million children in the world do not have safe water to drink. According to writer Anup Shah, 270 million children do not have health care and 640 million do not have a safe place to stay. No government and no politicians can solve these problems. It will take a new worldwide government that is free of corruption to help save the 21,000 children that are dying everyday.
Corruption is everywhere in our society and it happens in rich countries, developing countries, and poor countries. Corruption is prevalent in business, in law, in health care, and the military services and so on. Corruption at the local levels deeply affects children's lives and sadly thousands die everyday. The United Nations has even been linked to a food for oil scandal. Consider this statement, written by John Pilger:" When asked on US television if she [Madeline Albright, US Secretary of State] thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children [from sanctions in Iraq] was a price worth paying, Albright replied: “This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it.” The best way to solve any problem is to show love.
Take note of what the United Nations Children's Fund organization wrote on its official website: " Armed conflicts that kill and injure children are proliferating and chronic poverty remains the greatest obstacle to fulfilling the rights of children. Infant and child mortality rates are also the highest in countries ravaged by civil strife, weak governance and chronic underinvestment in public health systems and physical infrastructure. Similarly, fragile states, characterized by weak institutions with high levels of corruption, political instability and a shaky rule of law, are often incapable of providing basic services to their citizens."
Clearly, there will be a day when no child will have to worry about the media, politics, or corruption. Simply put, 21,000 children die every day because we live in a loveless world that shows no natural affection for children. Mankind has gone from bad to worst. We all look forward to a new world government that will provide plenty of food, decent housing, perfect health, everlasting peace, love, joy, and justice for every child in the world.
Global Issues: Today, around 21,000 Children Died around the World
About Child Deaths: 7.6 million child deaths (under-5s) in 2010
United Nations Children Fund
Poverty Facts and Stats
Global Issues: Corruption
Michigan State University: United States, Highest Poverty Rate in the World