UNICEF: US is most dangerous Western nation for children

A report released on September 4, 2014 by the UNICEF claims that United States have the highest rates of homicide among children between  0-19 year of age among the Western nations (Europe and North America).

One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20, resulting in about 95,000 deaths in 2012. Homicide is the leading cause of death among males between 10 and 19 years old in Panama, Venezuela, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia. Nigeria has the highest number of child homicides – 13,000. Among countries in Western Europe and North America, the United States has the highest homicide rate,” says the report.

Although most of the young homicide victims (around 85,000 or 90 percent) came from low- and middle-income countries, such as in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States took the top spot among 34 Western nations, with an average of four adolescent homicides per 100,000 people in 2012. Incidentally, this is the same child homicide rate recorded for Iraq, which is suffering in the aftermath of the 2003 US military invasion and occupation to protect Israel.

According to the Childhelp group, United States have the worst record of child neglect and sexual abuse of among the industrialized nations. It say, the US loses on average of four to seven children each day as result of child abuse.

In 2011, US Family Research Council reported: “Each year, right under our noses, 100,000 American children are victimized by sex traffickers. Make no mistake, this is not a problem that’s just “over there.” These heinous crimes are happening in our own backyards”. Read more here.

The United States ranked seventh in the world (behind Nigeria, Brazil, India, Congo, Mexico and Ethiopia) in global homicide figures among ages 0 to 19, with over 3,000 youth homicides recorded in 2012.

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