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Updated On: Saturday, 21 July 2018
Development Issues

70 Million Children Trapped in Crises

Content by: South-South News

14 December 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Special Envoy for Global Education and the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, said, “The number of children trapped in humanitarian crises is now 70 million children, a number that is expected to rise in the year 2018 as the funding gap to meet the needs is going to grow.”

Speaking to reporters in New York on December 13, Brown said that unless funding goals are met, “more children will be subjected to oppression and rather than opportunity, to exploitation; rather than education, child marriage, child labor, child trafficking.” These figures, he said “are absolutely startling” and added that in 2018 “we’ve got to prove that we can do more to answer the needs of these children.”

Brown said, “Countries will have to wake up to the fact that there are these 70 million children who are trapped in these humanitarian emergencies and the level of support is simply being insufficient, either for the health care, or for the food, or for the shelter, or for their education.”

The former Prime Minister recalled that 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which calls for the right of every child to receive an education.

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