a) 30 vs 6,000,000,000 vs 1
"More than 30 per cent of children in developing countries – about 600 million – live on less than US $1 a day."
b) 3.6 vs 5
"Every 3.6 seconds one person dies of starvation. Usually it is a child under the age of 5."
"One than 1 billion children are severely deprived of at least one of the essential goods and services they require to survive, grow and develop."
d) 13,000,000 vs 17 vs 39
"Nearly 13 million children in the United States—17% of all children—live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 39% of children live in low-income families."
"At the end of 2007, China had 23.65 million Children living below the poverty line."
Poverty hits children hardest. Most of the people living in poverty are children. Poverty denies children their rights. It weakens a child's protective environment, as much abuse and exploitation of children is linked to widespread and deeply entrenched poverty. It blights their lives with ill health, malnutrition, and impaired physical and mental development. It saps their energy and undermines their confidence in the future. No society has ever seen a broad-based reduction in poverty without major and sustained investments in the rights of its people to health, nutrition and basic education.
143 million children under five in the developing world continue to suffer from inadequate nutrition. The highest numbers are in south Asia, where over half the under-fives (54%) were underweight in 1990, but there is progress in this region, with the proportion falling to 46% by 2006. Asia, the second poorest part of the globe, has seen a drop from 41.1% living below the poverty line to 29.5% by 2004. However there have been no such gains in sub-Saharan Africa. If progress continues to be this slow and patchy, the 2015 target will be missed by a margin of 30 million children.
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