Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent, behind Asia in both categories. Countless children in Africa have to grow up without parents and in poverty. The unimaginable size of Africa ensures that things vary region by region, country by country, community by community. As a result, there is not one Africa – it is a region known for its variety and diversity in terms of everything from climate to culture to individual experiences.
14 out of many countries where poverty is currently rising are in Africa, according to a 2018 report by Brookings Institute. These projections indicate that if current trends continue, Africa will be home to 90% of the world’s poorest people by 2030. Africa is a continent where the majority of the world’s natural resources are found but instability and a lack of infrastructure have prevented their excavation.
Much work remains to be done with regard to education and empowerment in Africa. For example, 10.5 million children don’t attend school. 11 million children under the age of 14 are forced to perform child labor. Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are some of the most vulnerable children in the bloody civil war that is still raging. The country has one of the largest numbers of child soldiers in Africa.
Many children are denied the joy of childhood and an education across large section of the continent. They are barred from empowering themselves, crippled by poverty.
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