Every child “counts”
by Domenico Volpi
The UNICEF report, when referring to the 2014 statistics, says that 6.6 million children died before the age of five due to poverty and illnesses that could have been prevented. Some 230 million children have never been registered at their birth, hence it is as though they did not even exist and they can’t even claim government assistance. Then among those who are of primary school age 57 million don’t go to school, especially the girls. There are 168 million children (5-11 years of age) who are forced to work, even for twelve hours a day, half of these work in dangerous situations. The newspapers and the web news frequently report incomplete data and aim at sensationalism, so that readers of a certain age convince themselves that, as far as hunger in the world is concerned, un-drinkable water and diseases and so on we are faced with irresolvable situations, hence it isn’t even worthwhile trying to do something about it.