“Fathers and Mothers. Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.” Lamentations 2:19 English Standard Version
World Vision Reports
About 1 billion children ages 2 to 17 are estimated to have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect during 2015.
152 million children are engaged in child labor; 73 million work under hazardous conditions.
41% of girls in least-developed countries are married before age 18. Of the 47 least-developed countries, 33 are in Africa.
200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation.
About 126 million girls are “missing” around the world due to a preference for sons and prenatal sex selection.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.