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1. Survival on the streets for Calcutta's poorest
Kalua, 10, grew up fending for himself on the Sealdah train station platform
in Calcutta, India. One of the city's estimated 100,000 street children in
need of special protection, he now participates in a UNICEF-assisted urban
programme to safeguard children at the station. Poverty remains the most profound
threat to children's survival and development.
2. Sierra Leone's children suffer in war
Children have suffered on all sides of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war --
as victims of the conflict, and forced into combat. UNICEF provides humanitarian
assistance to these children, including nutrition, counselling and skills
training. Ninety percent of war's victims are now civilians, most of them
women and children.
3. Generation most at risk of AIDS
In Zambia and elsewhere, young people use music and the media to teach one
another about the dangers of AIDS and how to avoid HIV infection. Youth now
make up a fifth of the world's population and are most at risk of AIDS. The
disease is now the top killer in Africa, the most devastated continent.
Audio files: For audio files of UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy
discussing the themes of The State of the World's Children 2000, go
to the official press release.