Readers of the New York Times this morning, whether in print or online, were perhaps shocked by the searing image of an emaciated Somalian child, whose skin was wrapped so tightly around his body that the contours of a skeleton were clearly visible. The accompanying story, written by Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman, detailed a group of Somalian insurgents accused both of blocking Western aid to the country, resulting in a severe famine, and of imprisoning refugees trying to flee to safety. Half a million Somalian children are “on the verge of starvation,” Gettleman reports. The photo itself — by Times photographer Tyler Hicks and spread large across four columns on Page One — was taken in Banadir Hospital.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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