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What? This is 2009?

Al Jazeera reports:

"The UN children's agency says one billion children around the world are still deprived of food, shelter, clean water and healthcare 20 years after the adoption of a treaty guaranteeing children's rights."

But wait! It's even worse than that as the article reveals:

"Veneman [UN's Executice Director] said it was unacceptable that more than 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes such as pneumonia, malaria, measles and malnutrition.

About 200 million children are chronically malnourished, more than 140 million are forced to work, and millions of girls and boys of all ages are subjected to sexual violence, the report says.

It also estimates that up to 1.5 billion children experience violence annually."

Is this the sort of world we are prepared to accept? - where defenceless children face a life as detailed above.

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