Tuesday, December 20, 2005

9 million children live under poverty level in Turkey-report

One million children of 6-14 age group work in Turkey and 30 percent of them do not go to school at all, the report prepared by the General Directorate of Security says.

The statistics in the report show that the majority of the children, especially those living in rural areas, are short compared to their peers due to malnutrition.

9 million children are living under poverty level while 500 thousand of them are street boys. In other words, they are living or working in the streets.

Another interesting detail about the children is that 3,000 children or young people begin smoking every day.

Read the whole story on Cihan

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