FACTS
LIBERIA ORPHANS
WORLDWIDE LITERACY

1. An estimated 171 million children-of which 73 million are under 10 years old- are working in hazardous situations or conditions, including working with chemicals and pesticides in agriculture, with dangerous machinery or in mines. They face serious risks of injury, illness and death, and many are missing out on education. (9)

2. The best available estimate is that 1.2 million children are trafficked illegally every year. (9)

3. One in every three girls in the developing world is married before age 18. In the poorest countries, the ratio rises to one in every two girls. (9)

4. It is estimated that over 250,000 children are currently serving as child soldiers in armed conflicts worldwide. (9)

5. Tens of millions of children live on the streets in plain sight, but paradoxically are among the most invisible, their plight ignored and their needs neglected. (9)

6. Every year, 55% of all births in the developing world (excluding China) go unregistered, over 50 million children beginning life with no identity. (9)

7. The phenomenon of children known as "sorcerers" exists in various forms, more particularly in Benin, Gabon, Nigeria, Liberia, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The sorcerer children, considered to have evil powers, are often made responsible for the "local populations' misfortunes". (11)

8. In 12 African countries, projections show that orphans will comprise at least 15% of all children under 15 years of age by 2010. (12)

9. By 2010, an estimated 106 million children under age 15 are projected to lose one or both parents. (12)

10. Conflict has orphaned or separated one million children from their families in the 1990's. (12)

11. One hundred and forty-three million children in the developing world - 1 in every 13 - are orphans. (9)

12. Eight percent of all children in the world are orphans. (15)

13. Less than 10% of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS are receiving some kind of public support. (6)

14. Scabies, an infestation of the skin with a microscopic mite, enormously impacts orphanages as it spreads rapidly under crowded conditions. (5)

15. Africa has 12 million AIDS orphans. (4)

16. Every minute of every day, a child under the age of 15 dies of AIDS-related illness. (6)

17. If all the children left orphaned by HIV/AIDS stood in a circle holding hands, the line of children would circle mainland Australia. (7)

18. Nearly 11 million (8%) children die each year before their fifth birthday, often from preventable causes. (8)

19. Nearly 120 million are still out of school, 53 per cent of them girls. (8)

20. Hundreds of thousands of children are caught up in armed conflict as combatants, messengers, porters, cook and sex slaves for armed forces and groups. (10)

21. One in four Zimbabwe children are AIDS orphans. (13)