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Breaking News English .com, Child Poverty Grows As Cities Expand (28th February, 2012)

A new report from the United Nations Children's Fund warns that hundreds of millions of children in the world's cities are living in poverty. UNICEF's "State of the World's Children Report" says a staggering proportion of children lack the most basic of services, including clean water, education, health, proper toilets. "Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services," the Children's Fund said. The Fund also says these children are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world because they live in fear of violence and exploitation on a daily basis. Millions of children are forced into child labour and the sex industry.

The report explains how the slums where children live have diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, two of the biggest killers of children under five in the world. UNICEF spokeswoman, Marixie Mercado, says many children are disadvantaged from birth and are excluded from “normal” society in which richer children can thrive. She says: “One-third of children in urban areas are not registered at birth [and that] makes them much more vulnerable to exploitation throughout their lives.” UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake added: "Children are vulnerable to.…the injuries, illnesses and death that result from living in crowded settlements atop hazardous rubbish dumps or alongside railroad tracks."

Classroom handouts, online activities and a listening for this article are at  http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1202/120228-child_poverty.html



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A new report from the United Nations Children's Fund warns that hundreds of millions of children in the world's cities are living in poverty. UNICEF's "State of the World's Children Report" says a staggering proportion of children lack the most basic of services, including clean water, education, health, proper toilets. "Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services," the Children's Fund said. The Fund also says these children are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world because they live in fear of violence and exploitation on a daily basis. Millions of children are forced into child labour and the sex industry.

The report explains how the slums where children live have diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, two of the biggest killers of children under five in the world. UNICEF spokeswoman, Marixie Mercado, says many children are disadvantaged from birth and are excluded from “normal” society in which richer children can thrive. She says: “One-third of children in urban areas are not registered at birth [and that] makes them much more vulnerable to exploitation throughout their lives.” UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake added: "Children are vulnerable to.…the injuries, illnesses and death that result from living in crowded settlements atop hazardous rubbish dumps or alongside railroad tracks."

Classroom handouts, online activities and a listening for this article are at  http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1202/120228-child_poverty.html


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