In 2004 there were over 143 million orphaned and abandoned children, in 93 developing countries, worldwide. This is 8.4 % off all children in the world. (unicef) In 2003 alone, more then 16 million children were orphaned. (unicef) Numbers of orphans will increase dramatically by 2010/2015, at an estimated growth of 15 to 20 million per year. (international advocates for children) By 2015, children and youth will account for 45% of the population in developing countries. (worldbank) In Africa, there are 60 million orphaned and vulnerable children (HIV/Aids, conflict, disability, street children). (worldbank) India estimated 35 million orphans in 2003 (unicef)
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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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