African children face the primary challenge of basic daily survival. According to the United Nations, lack of food, clean water, medical aid, clothing and proper housing contribute to their daily struggles. They have so little.
They know a world filled with hunger and malnutrition, disease, and
poverty. The United Nations Children's Fund (September 2013) reported sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Eastern and Southern Africa, have reduced it's mortality rate of children under 5 by 53% since 1990. In the time between 2005 - 2012 the annual rate has dropped to 5.3%. Even so, one in every 13 children will die before the age of 5 in these areas.
West and Central Africa show a drop of only 39% since 1990, reflecting the lowest in all of the regions. Here, one in 8 children will die before they reach the age of 5.
Many children of Africa
have become orphaned as a result of war, leaving them alone in what are
already dire circumstances. They become vulnerable targets to child
sexual exploitation and millions are living on the streets.
Africans are keen on education, knowing it will provide a way out of their poverty, to a place of self reliance and hope. Unfortunately, most have no access to, or resources for education in Africa. While government education is free, it is often too far away from those living in remote areas. There are also hidden costs such as uniforms, shoes, books, pens and pencils, food and the loss of labour to the families.
With sick or absent parents, the children often have to find some kind of work to support themselves and their families. Twenty-five percent of the African child population are involved in child labour and are between the ages of 10 and 14.
The worlds 25 poorest countries are all found in Africa. With hundreds of millions of debt, Africa health care in crisis, and corrupt governments, it's not likely that the means lie fully within to help the African children.
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