8 Horrifying Problems Faced by Children across the World ...


8 Horrifying Problems Faced by Children across the World ...
8 Horrifying Problems Faced by Children across the World ...

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anybody that some children don’t live nice, happy comfortable lives and it’s a fact that always seem to tug at the heartstrings more than when we hear tales of adult suffering. Here are 8 horrifying problems faced by children across the world.

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More than 30% of children in the developing world suffer from malnutrition and are underweight. UNICEF states that over 25,000 children die on a daily basis due to poverty. Most die from secondary diseases that are easily curable but their parents lack the resources to help them. (I’m sorry but I really have to ask – a parent’s ultimate responsibility is to provide care and support to their children so why do they continue to give birth when they don’t even have enough to feed themselves adequately?)


The poverty and malnutrition faced by children in the developing world is a global problem that needs to be addressed. The lack of access to basic healthcare and nutrition puts children at a higher risk for diseases and illnesses. In addition, many of these children lack access to education, leading to a lack of economic opportunities and perpetuating the cycle of poverty. The effects of poverty are particularly acute for female children, who are more likely to be denied access to education and healthcare. This problem is compounded by the fact that in many developing countries, women are not allowed to own or inherit land, making it even more difficult for them to break out of poverty.



This is one sure way to rob someone of their childhood and what future do they have? UNICEF believes there are over 50,000 child prostitutes in the Philippines and over 200,000 in India where it is controlled in areas by serious businessmen.


Child prostitution is a global issue, with an estimated 2 million children involved in prostitution worldwide. It is a form of child exploitation, with the majority of children coming from developing countries. The majority of child prostitutes are female, with estimates ranging from 60-90%. Many of these children are forced into prostitution due to poverty, drug addiction, and lack of education. Victims of child prostitution are often exposed to physical and sexual violence, as well as HIV/AIDS and other STDs. This horrific problem is not only a human rights violation, but it also leads to a life of despair and poverty for these children. It is important to spread awareness of this issue and take action to protect these children and ensure their rights are respected.



The inability to read or write is a self-perpetuating problem. People can’t get a decent job and when they have children of their own they don’t have funds to educate them and the next generation of illiterates is born. Illiteracy is a significant problem all over the world and is widespread in India, Nepal and maybe, surprisingly, Turkey.


Illiteracy has far-reaching implications for children, as it affects their access to education, employment opportunities, and overall quality of life. It also has a significant economic impact, as it can lead to lower productivity and decreased economic growth. According to UNESCO, over 775 million adults are illiterate, and two-thirds of them are women. In addition, the literacy rate of children in India, Nepal, and Turkey is significantly lower than the global average. This means that these countries are at risk of perpetuating the cycle of illiteracy, unless urgent measures are taken to ensure that all children have access to quality education.



Many children are forced into martyrdom by being brought up in an atmosphere of hate where other religions than their own are vilified, that holy war is glorious and that violence is normal. Normal education and learning about the wonders of the everyday normal world around them and being able to bask in the joys of childhood are way down the list of priorities.



Poverty stricken parents sell their children to traders who in turn sell them on to be used as slaves. Often the child ends up in a different country where they don’t understand the language, gets beaten for not being able to follow instructions, has no one to turn to and no way of getting home.


The Military

Children are forcibly constricted into rebel armies and opposition forces as soon as they are big enough to hold and shoot a gun. Sometimes, a child makes his first killing before he’s even learnt to read.



Of the 50 odd million refuges in the world, 25 million of them are children. Thanks to war or famine/drought parents may drag their children along as they trek hundreds of miles to seek refuge. During the arduous journey, they face constant dangers and may meet a hostile reception on arrival.



It doesn’t matter how many people are disgusted by it, child pornography exists and the extent of it can only be guessed at. Children are often kidnapped by immoral, unethical and unscrupulous characters to be filmed or photographed doing all manner of unspeakable things.

I hope I haven’t unduly upset you by bringing to your attention some of the horrifying problems faced by children across the world. Let’s hope all you have to do is read about them and not have first hand experience.

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