Saturday, 20 November 2010

Do stop by as it's Universal Children's Day


And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”

(Genesis 33:5 ESV)

In an ideal world there wouldn't have to be an Universal Children's Day. Children should be loved, hugged and given the best everyday so there would not be a need to stop and remember them. This post isn't about me celebrating today as a child but, instead, I want you to join me in thinking about those children in the UK and around the world who still don't have access to basic things in their lives. Children do have to have a special recognition to be heard and not just seen. The facts below will show you how much work needs to be done to raise the standards for children in education, health and food.
  • A child dies of hunger every three seconds.
  • 95% of all children who get polio are under 5 years old.
  • 6 million children under 5 years old die of hunger everyday.
  • Children in war torn countries are forced to become soldiers and commit violence.
  • 246 million children work and don't go to school because education is too expensive.
  • 4 Million children in the UK are living in poverty.
I also want to remember the children who are subject to abuse and feel they can't speak out for fear of nobody believing them. Those who live in terror because they are being bullied at school. There are even children who live in nice homes and go to good schools but who are emotionally neglected.
These are huge problems and I have praise for the agencies around the world who work to help children but much more needs to be done. I watch governments working together actively on economic problems and believe that if the same was done for child neglect then standards will rise much quicker.
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  1. A few more facts for your list. Over 30 million children are not immunised against preventable diseases so they die of measles, malaria and diarrhoea. HIV/AIDS has created more than 14 million orphans. In the last 10 years more than two million children have died as a direct result of armed conflict. What are we going to do about it!?
    Hope you are well.
    From Goodknight.

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