This assault on childhood deprives nations of energy and talent they need to progress.
Suffering violence, witnessing violence or fearing violence can cause lifelong disabilities and deep emotional trauma. Separation from family members and economic hardship can expose girls and boys to exploitation in the forms of child labor, child marriage, sexual violence and recruitment into use by armed groups. But the less visible dangers for children in conflict are caused by lack of food and the collapse of essential services such as health care, sanitation and education. The loss of basic necessities required for a fulfilled childhood threatens both the immediate survival and long-term future of children.
As a whole, based upon their scoring index that measures the following Childhood Ending Indicators, Guatemala scored a 619, ranking 152 out of 175 countries, giving it the worst score in Latin America. The scores measure the extent to which children in each country experience “childhood enders” such as death, chronic malnutrition, being out of school and being forced into adult roles of work, marriage and motherhood.
INFANT MORTALITY RATE
(COMPARE TO 6.5% IN US)
GIRLS AGED 15-19 MARRIED
(COMPARE TO 5.8% IN US)
BIRTHS PER 1,000 GIRLS AGED 15-19
(COMPARE TO 21.2 IN US)
CHILDREN ENGAGED IN CHILD LABOR
(COMPARE TO 0% IN US)