Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Startling Statistics About Children

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Leaders from thirty-eight different ministries to children met in Oxford, England in the early months of 1997 for an international consultation regarding children at risk They came up with The Oxford Statement in which ten "Startling Statistics" are given. They are as follows: 1. Malnutrition: 35,000 children under the age of 5 die every day as a result of malnutrition or starvation. 2.Abortion: Every year 40,000,000 children lose their lives through parental consent This means that 29% of all children are never born. 3. Family Disintegration & Abandonment There are at least 100,000,000 children who live or work on the streets of our cities. Most of these children are confronting the dangers of life in this hostile environment as a result of family breakdown. 4. Sex-Exploitation, Rape and Abuse: There are at least 10,000,000 children currently suffering the oppression of forced prostitution and another 1,000,000 join this industry every year. 5.War: During the period 1984 to 1994,more than 1,500,000 children were killed in war, over 4,000,000 were disabled, maimed, blinded or brain damaged by wars, and 12,000,000 lost their homes as the result of war. During this period, 35 nations are known to have conscripted children into their armed forces. 6. Slavery and Abusive Child Labor: Between 100 and 200,000,000 children are currently involved in child labor. 7. Drug and Alcohol Abuse: 75% of British 15 and 16-year-old school children report that they have used cannabis, and 3% have taken heroin. 8. Disease: 1,500,000 children are currently infected with Aids. Two million children die every year through lack of immunization against preventable diseases. 9. Disability: Over 500,000 children go blind every year mostly as a result of vitamin A deficiency. Only one in every 60 of these children has access to education. 10. Suicide: Today's children face a level of psychological pressure totally unknown to previous generations. Faced with unattainable goals and a culture with few answers, many see suicide as the logical way out. (From REC)

The same article requests that we would share these facts with others. We do so by way of this note. At the same time let these facts be a reminder to us that we have a great responsibility toward our children and toward those of others, to love them. Children are God's gift to us and therefore let us treasure those gifts, and do it as Jesus once advised: Let the children come unto me...

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