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New report paints dark future for world's poorest children

The Stage of the World's Children report 2016 predicts that if things do not change the lives of poor children will only get worse

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This is according to UNICEF's flagship annual report "The State of the World's Children" which was released on Tuesday.

The report acknowledges the progress made so far. Mortality rate of children under five has reduced, the number of children living in extreme poverty has been reduced and  the number of children enrolled in school has increased.

According to the report, the difficulty in reaching the rest of the world's poorest children and families with assistance is no longer technical.  What is needed is political commitment, resources and collective will "to tackle inequity and inequality head-on"

In sub- Saharan Africa the situation will be grimmer as at least 247 million children live in multidimensional poverty. Sub-Sahara will account for half of the 69 million children who will die before turning five. 9 out of 10 children will live in poverty.

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