Despite Support Programs, 53.8% of Children Under Age of 18 Live in Poverty
Laura Poy Solano - La Jornada
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February 27, 2014

It is estimated that 53.8 percent of Mexican children under the age of 18 years old live in poverty. 12.1 percent of these children face extreme poverty.

Despite support programs and attention to childhood, the conditions of greatest marginalization are concentrated among children under the age of 12 years old. 55.7 percent of these children live in poverty and 11 percent live in conditions of extreme scarcity.

While participating in the Seminar on Childhood Welfare, Development, and Disability, Gonzalo Hernández Licona, Executive Secretary of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval), warned that the ones that “suffer from poverty for the most part are the youngest”. It is worse if they have a disability or they are the member of an indigenous group.

Data from Coneval on childhood population, poverty, and disability, pointed out that 53.7 percent of children under the age of 18 years old with a disability are poor and at least 13.1 percent find themselves in extreme poverty. It is estimated that 8 out every 10 disabled child lives with a lack of basic access to health services, housing, food, education, and social security. Their rate of low educational achievement triples the rate of those children that do not have a disability.

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Translated by Janine Rhyans

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