A humanity with millions of girls and children tortured and abused
This article is part of special coverage of IPS by the World Humanitarian Day, August 19
By Baher Kamal
ROME, Aug 16 2016 (IPS) – At present, our humanity is characterized by child victims of networks trafficking, sexually abused, who are mutilated, killed to extract organs and recruited as soldiers or slaves of some another way.
Moreover, not only 69 million children will die from causes that largely preventable, but 167 million will be poor, 263 million do not go to school and 750 million girls will be married in 2030.
Those are some of the terrible numbers the Fund of the United Nations Children’s Fund and other agencies of the United Nations (UN), among others, they reported weeks before the World Humanitarian Day , to be held this Friday 19.
“Boys and girls continue to suffer torture, mutilation, sexual abuse, hunger and are killed in armed conflicts , ” he summed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“In places like Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, children will live in hell , ” he said at the opening of a debate of the Security Council of the UN dedicated to children and armed conflict, 2 this month.
The future of humanity will remain bleak “unless the world focus more on the plight of their girls and disadvantaged children,” warns a report from the UN.
“Denying a fair chance in life to hundreds of millions of children has consequences that exceed the risk for specific future because fanning inter – generational cycles of disadvantaged people, is threatening the future of their societies , ” he said on June 28 UNICEF executive Director, Anthony Lake, in the framework of the submission of the State of the World’s Children .
“We can choose: investing in these children now or allow our world to become even more unequal and divided” he said.
The UNICEF report highlights some of the significant advances, such as saving the lives of children, ensuring that stay in school and get many people out of poverty. But these have not been evenly matched nor fair.
“The poorest children are twice as likely as the richest to die before age five suffer chronic malnutrition and” details.
In South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, children whose mothers were not attending school are three times more likely to die before age five than those whose mothers completed secondary education, the report of UNICEF.
“The girls from the poorest households are twice as likely to marry as minors than those of richer households,” he says.
The worst is in Africa subsahriana
Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst part: at least 247 million children, two out of three children, live in multidimensional poverty, deprived of what they need to survive and develop, and almost 60 percent of young people aged 20 and 24 years of the poorest quintile were less than four years to school, warns the report.
If the current trend, the region concentrate almost half of the 69 million children in 2030 will die before five years preventable causes, more than half of the 60 million schoolchildren who do not attend school and nine out of 10 children living in extreme poverty, the report of UNICEF.
In addition, warning that some 124 million children not attending primary school or early high school years, and nearly two in five of those who completed primary school, do not learn to read or write or perform arithmetic calculations simple.
Young, another lost generation
“Currently, about 70 million young people seeking work, and 160 million work but are poor. These numbers represent a huge waste of potential and jeopardizes social cohesion , ” he wrote the 12th of this month Azita Berar Awad, Director of the Department of Employment Policies of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
“The youth unemployment and lack of decent work devalue human capital, and significant negative influence on health, happiness, antisocial behavior and social and political stability. You have implications for the current and future welfare of our societies, “he added.
In addition, labor market conditions for young people change rapidly and steadily, and the profile and aspirations of women and young men entering the labor market every day, said Berar.
“For most, the expectations of decent work are not treated only have income and livelihood. For young people is the mainstay of his life project, the catalyst for their integration into society and the way to participate in broader social and political areas, “he said.
The World Humanitarian Day, Friday 19, will be held after one of the most significant moments in recent times as was the Humanitarian World Summit , held on 23 and 24 May in Istanbul.
The main objective of the meeting in Turkey was that governments give their collective support to the new Agenda for Humanity and to commit to strong measures to reduce suffering and make more efforts to the millions of people who need humanitarian assistance.
The summit attracted the world’s attention to the ongoing humanitarian emergency, but could not mobilize much needed funds urgently needed to alleviate the suffering of the more than 160 million people living in boundary conditions, only 21,000 million, a reasonable amount .
The campaign “impossible choices” was launched in April this year for world leaders participating in the summit and “commit to action”.
The launch of the final stage of this great digital initiative will coincide with the UN World Humanitarian Day this Friday and will continue until September 19, when Secretary-General submit to the General Assembly the report of the World Humanitarian Summit.
That day another digital campaign “will also launch the world would prefer “. Similar to the popular game “You do prefiriría”, this digital campaign will reveal the true contexts in which people live in crisis.
After learning the difficult alternatives, users can share a custom graphic on social networks, tweeting about their leaders and learn more about the Agenda for Humanity.
The UN has a hard time raising awareness among political leaders and mobilize humanity and forceful push to ease, end actions and, hopefully, prevent human suffering unprecedented.
And yet, the great powers are still spending $ 1.7 trillion a year in manufacturing and trade of weapons.
A humanity? Yes. But who and for whom?
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