2.7 million children in care homes worldwide: UNICEF

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Bulgarian teenager Stanislava has lived in several state institutions since birth. She is now in a small children’s home and attends mainstream school. Photo:UN064129

At least 2.7 million children live in care institutions around the world where there’s a risk of long-term developmental problems, the UN has warned.

Data released by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicates that the percentage of youngsters in care in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia is more than five times the global average.

Children with disabilities and those from poor families make up the biggest share, UNICEF’s Lesley Miller explained to Daniel Johnson.

Duration: 3’26″

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