1. Addiction: kills 95 percent of addicts who don’t receive treatment.
2. AIDS: 2.9 million people die from HIV/AIDS a year.
3. Child Abuse: In 2006, an estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect.
4. Child Labor: 1 in 6 children in the world, ages 5 to 14, is engaged in child labor.
5. Child Prostitution: For every 75,000 victims, only 1 trafficker is convicted.
6. Child Soldiers: Child soldiers are currently active in 86 countries and territories. Approximately 300,000 children become soldiers in various conflicts around the world.
7. Disaster Relief: Natural disasters caused $200 billion in damage in 2008. 220,000 people died in natural disasters in 2008.
8. Domestic Violence: 35.5 percent of women are abused by a husband or boyfriend in households with an income of $15,000 or less per year.
9. Education: Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read or sign their names. Around the world more than 115 million children are not in school.
10. Foster Care: More than 500,000 children live in foster care.
11. Genocide: At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Today, over 50 percent of the population is under twenty-one. Most are forced into child labor and sex trafficking.
12. Homelessness: 44 percent of the homeless are single men, 13 percent single women, 36 percent families with children, and 7 percent unaccompanied minors.
13. Hunger/Malnutrition: 1 out of 7 people on the planet are malnourished. Nearly two-thirds of the chronically hungry live in Asia and the Pacific region.
14. Inadequate medical care: One billion people in the world lack any access to health care. In the United States, the average person spends $6,000 per year on health care.
15. Inner City: Nearly 13 million American children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, which is $20,000 a year for a family of four.
16. Living in a trash dump: In Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, children sift through trash day and night to earn about 75 cents a day.
17. Mental illness: 5.7 million Americans struggle with bipolar disorder.
18. Orphans: In Africa, a child is orphaned by AIDS every 15 seconds. When orphans drop out of foster care, 60 percent of the girls turn to prostitution and 70 percent of the boys to criminal activity.
19. Pornography: The 12 to 17 age group is the largest consumer of Internet porn. Many female porn stars end up with herpes, no health care, and no jobs.
20. Prison: Around 744, 200 fathers and 65,600 mothers were held in U.S. prisons in 2007.
21. Self-mutilation: Two to three million Americans between the ages of 13 and 30 cut themselves regularly.
22. Sex trafficking: The human trafficking trade transports almost 800,000 men, women and children across international borders every year through deception, threat, and violent force.
23. Street children: An estimated 8.4 million children worldwide are forced into debt, bondage, slavery, prostitution, forced armed conflict, pornography, and other illicit activities.
24. Teen pregnancy: 4.4 million women aged 15 to 19, undergo unsafe abortions. Almost 30 percent of teen mothers under age 18 will have a second baby just 2 years after having the first.
25. Teen prostitution: 75 percent of prostitutes are under age 25. The average entry age into prostitution is 13 to 14.
26. Unwanted babies: Nearly 46 million abortions occur worldwide each year. Globally 70,000 women die every year due to improperly administered abortions.
27. War: An estimated 90 percent of global conflict-related deaths since 1990 have been civilians, and 80 percent of those have been women and children. It’s estimated that worldwide there are 30 violent conflicts taking place with more than 300,000 individuals under the age of 18 involved.
28. Water relief: Every 15 seconds a child dies from a preventable water-related disease. 1.1 billion people in developing countries have no access to clean water.
29. Widows: At the loss of a husband, especially in patriarchal societies, a woman can be completely stripped of her social status, her safety and her identity.
30. Eating disorders: An estimated 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. alone are afflicted with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. 95 percent of people suffering from eating disorders are between 12 and 25 years old.
“Not Forgotten: 30 Graphic portraits of social injustice.” Joyce Meyer Ministries.
- Raising awareness of child abuse (bendbulletin.com)
- Child Labor in India (progressiverestoration.wordpress.com)