Brazil youth homicides double over 20-year period: UNICEF

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The number of children and teenagers killed in Brazil more than doubled over a 20-year period, the UN children's agency, (UNICEF), reported.

The agency said Brazil recorded 10,500 adolescent homicides in 2013, compared to 5,000 cases in 1993, which represents a 110 per cent increase.

The findings come in a UNICEF report marking the 25th anniversary of the country's Child and Adolescent Statute.

Dianne Penn reports.

Brazil has the second largest number of homicides of people under the age of 19 in the world, according to the UNICEF report.

It said in 2013, an average of 28 children and adolescents there were killed every day.

The report also looked at challenges facing Brazilian youth.

For example, it found that indigenous children are twice as likely to die before reaching their first birthday when compared to their counterparts.

Also, more than three million young Brazilians remain out of school.  Most of them are from poor, Afro-Brazilian and indigenous communities.

The report also looked at the progress Brazil has made since the introduction of the Child and Adolescent Statute in 1990.

Today, 93 per cent of Brazilian children and adolescents have access to basic education, while the illiteracy rate among 10- to 18-year-olds has dropped by nearly 90 per cent.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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