You can tell the health of a country and the potential of its future by the way it cares for its children. On that basis we are a very unhealthful country, and we don’t have much of a future. This reports describes a truly shameful situation. That it receives hardly any attention in the media is yet another proof of our degradation. Click through to see the chart that accompanies this report, and you can download the report itself.
A sobering report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) found that out of the top 35 developed nations in the world, the United States comes 2nd to last in childhood poverty.
While many of the Scandinavian and Western European countries (i.e. countries with a robust social safety net) have very low rates of childhood poverty, America only just narrowly beat Romania for the worst. Poverty is a reality for at least 22 percent of American children (and considerably higher by other estimates).