NEWS: Report Says 2 Million Russian Children Lack Families

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 06:55:34 -0800 (PST)


Note from facilitator: This is not a trafficking news piece, but I know that
many list subscribers work specifically on children's rights and protection.
I also think that this piece would be relevant for list subscribers
analyzing the social roots of trafficking and related criminal activities.
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Report Says 2 Million Russian Children Lack Families

MOSCOW, Nov. 19, 1998 -- (Agence France Presse) Two million Russian children
lack families, and almost two-thirds of those live in the street, a press
report said Wednesday.
  A study by the non-governmental organization "Association of Child
Psychologists and Psychiatrists," cited by the weekly Literatournaiya Gazeta,
said the number surpasses the period following World War II.
  Only about 650,000 of the children, out of a total population of 148 million
people, live in orphanages. Some 100,000 more are placed there each year,
according to Interior Ministry figures.
  The rest are considered street kids, surviving in cellars, attics, abandoned
houses, and in larger cities seeking shelter from cold in sewer systems.
  After leaving orphanages, children have a 40 percent chance of becoming a
criminal within 10 years.
  One in three become alcoholic and one in 10 commit suicide after a year on
their own, the Labor Ministry said.
  The suicide rate among Russian children has doubled in 10 years, said the
ministry. It said about 10 million Russian school-aged children never attend
school.


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