Friday, April 30, 2010

International Day of the Child

The following is some statistics that help to further outline the enormity of the various problems that Mexico faces with regard to the upcoming generation and how this impacts the war on drugs waged by Calderón (with the full support of the United States).

- 36.7 % of the population is comprised of children (ages 17 and under), 17,941,677 girls and 18,372,372 boys.

- 7,351 children (under 15 years old) were murdered from 1991 to 2002 and today, an average of 2 children (under 15 years old) a day are murdered.

- 500,000 girls under the age of 20 years gave birth last year (including well publicized cases of 9 and 11 years olds giving birth last year).

- of the children who work, 72% receive no pay and 58% do not attend school.

- 1.2 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 do not go to school.

- 12.5% of children work

- 12% of all 12 to 17 year olds neither work nor study (in Mexico they are called "NiNis" (this is the fertile hiring ground for the narcos)

- 19 million children in Mexico are sexually exploited.

Finally, La Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal, (CDHDF) has stated that there are areas in the city of Mexico such as Insurgentes Avenue, Garibaldi, Tlalpan, and La Merced which harbour 14 districts that have young girls between the ages of 8 and 11 years old who are forced to prostitute themselves (and those ages are NOT typos).

These statistics were published in "El Universal" A4 April 30 2010 and were drawn from the following sources:

- Documentación de CIDAU, con información de: UNICEF, INEGI, DIF, OMS, Conapo, OCDE, Informe Nacional sobre Violencia y Salud, CNDH, CDHDF, Servicios de Salud, Secretaría del Trabajo, II Conteo de Población y Vivienda 2005, Red de los derechos por la infancia en México, Senado, Cámara de Diputados, OEA, Organización Pro-Niños centroamericanos y prensa local. 

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