- Almost half of children under 5 in the poorest countries do not have the right to an official identity;
- The poorest 20% of the world’s children are twice as likely as the world’s richest 20% to be stunted by growth;
- Children in 4 out of 10 households in the world’s poorest countries do not attend primary school;
- Girls still have less access to quality education than boys in the world’s poorest nations;
- Children going to school in the world’s poorest nations have inadequate access to toilets (both at school and at home);
- Child mortality rates have dropped significantly over the past 25 years, but still remain high in the poorest nations.
Update November 23: I referred to the government’s plan as a “sound one” – now that the government has indicated it will not allow unaccompanied men into Canada, it’s not looking sound, nor is it fair. Tom Mulcair summed it up well by saying: “While security concerns remain of vital importance, will a young man who lost both parents be excluded from Canada’s refugee program?” He added, “Will a gay man who is escaping persecution be excluded? Will a widower who is fleeing [ISIS] after having seen his family killed be excluded?” A proper security screening is important for any refugee, regardless of their status as accompanied or not, and regardless of their sex. It is, as many have noted, very uncanadian.