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Stats Paint Sad Picture: Nearly 53 percent of Mexican Youth Are in Poverty

Nancy Moya - The News
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May 26, 2014



In a country plagued by obesity, more than half Mexico’s children go to bed hungry at night or worrying about where their next meal will be coming from.

The cause of this apparent contradiction is poverty. According to a study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in cooperation with the Mexican government and released last month during a media conference at the Franz Mayer Museum, more than 20 million Mexican children and adolescents – nearly 53 percent of the under-18 population – live in poverty, and more than 4 million of them in extreme poverty.

The most recent report on poverty and social rights of 2010-2012, which is produced every two years by the Unicef and the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval), reveals that of the 40 million Mexican children under 17, 53.8 percent live in poverty, and of these, 4.7 million (12.1 percent) live in abject poverty.

While the study indicated that 6.4 million Mexican youngsters (16.4 percent of the overall population in this age bracket) are not poor and do not face any situation of food vulnerability, 22.4 percent (8.8 million children) live in vulnerable situations and suffer social deprivation.

Another 7.5 percent (2.9 million Mexican youths) are subject to vulnerable incomes.

Although in recent years child poverty has declined in Mexico – mainly due to the implementation of social programs aimed at helping underprivileged youth, such as the nationwide Cruzada Nacional Contra el Hambre campaign – children still represent a larger per capita share of the nation’s poor than other age groups.

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