Children with disabilities

Children with disabilities in the developing world are frequently subjected to severe emotional and physical punishment, according to an analysis of data compiled by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

An estimated 93 million children around the world have disabilities, including emotional, developmental and physical impairments. Eighty percent of them live in middle- and low-income countries and according to experts, are subject to harsh discipline.

110C0DAE-D283-4235-AF7B-8EDA1A26B1F8_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy13_cw0 Professional nurse, Laura Murphy (R) and volunteer, Loretta Gaughan from Ireland feed children at an orphanage for mentally disabled children under the Vesnova institution, near the Belarussian village of Vesnova, June 6, 2013.

Using nationally representative samples of 45,964 two- to nine-year-old children and their primary caregivers in 17 developing countries, this study examined the relations between children’s cognitive, language, sensory, and motor disabilities and caregivers’ use of discipline and violence. Primary caregivers reported on their child’s disabilities and whether they or anyone in their household had used nonviolent discipline, psychological aggression, and physical violence toward the target child and believed that using corporal punishment is necessary. Logistic regression analyses supported the hypothesis that children with disabilities are treated more harshly than children without disabilities. The findings suggest that policies and interventions are needed to work toward the United Nations’ goals of ensuring that children with disabilities are protected from abuse and violence.


3 thoughts on “Children with disabilities

  1. Not only is the abuse of disabled children so common, the global attitude towards the abusive treatment of all children is very disturbing. From UNICEF and other sources:

    600,000 to 800,000 women, children and men bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex (U.S. Government)

    50% of those victims are estimated to be children

    It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet

    2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)

    There are 20.9 Million victims of Trafficking World wide as of 2012

    Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year

    Average victims age is 11 to 14

    From 14,500 – 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the United States each year

    A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is in all 50 states (U.S. Government)

    Just a thought….

    • These figures are appalling. I just cannot understand it. 😦

      If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
      – Mahatma Gandhi

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