Check out this interesting article from The Times following a report made by the UN and the SA Human Rights Commission. The article discusses South Africa continues to neglect its most vulnerable, in particular, children, as they are negatively impacted by a lack of a proper home, health care and schooling.
Some of the report’s troubling findings include:
• 64%, or 11.9million, of the country’s 18.6million children live in poverty. Many of them are Aids orphans – about 5.5million people have HIV/Aids in South Africa, more than in any other country
• Only 54% of the HIV-positive children who should be on antiretroviral treatment are receiving it;
• More than 270 babies and their mothers die after birth on average a day, mainly due to HIV/Aids, and the maternal mortality rate has increased by 80% since 1990;
• 582000 children who should be attending high school are not – 28% don’t have the money for fees and 15% because “education is useless”;
• Of 56500 children who were victims of violent crime in 2009-2010, 27417 were raped or molested. Of those, 29% were aged between 0 and 10.
Read the full article below:
The Times: Young,hungry,helpless