There are almost one million highly vulnerable children currently living without family support in Burkina Faso. This nation is, unfortunately, one of the poorest countries in the world. And this fact may be gauged by the fact that it has the lowest per capita GDP.
The poverty and malnutrition statistics for Burkina Faso paint a truly horrifying picture. This is compounded by the fact that the country is quite frequently hit by droughts and famine. These have a highly negative impact with regard to the living conditions of millions of ‘Burkinabe’ (The inhabitants of Burkina Faso).
The Piteous Plight of The Most Vulnerable Sections of Society
As with many other under developed African nations, children here end up suffering the brunt of the problems faced by their society. And many of these extremely vulnerable children have little, if any, access to healthcare and social services. Apart from that, hunger is a constant problem due to the lack of food security.
This means that virtually half of all Burkinabe children, including children who are as young as five years of age, end up working in adult industries such as mining, agricultural, and even the domestic sector. Due to lack of parental and family support, these tiny children usually end up working in very hazardous conditions every day, often up to 14 hours a day. And since there is no one to look out for them, it means that they are always particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and physical abuse.
While there are several orphanages throughout Burkina Faso that are run both by the government as well as nonprofit organizations, they are a drop in the ocean compared to the sheer magnitude of the problem. Even though they are usually clean and well maintained, few orphaned children in Burkina Faso end up amongst caring people, who would take care of their emotional, nutritional and educational needs.
This means that the overwhelming number of the most vulnerable members of society are left to fall through the cracks, where they are often at the mercy of those who have none.
Let us take a look at some of the really alarming indicators for child health and mortality in Burkina Faso.
|Under-5 mortality rank||141|
|Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 1990||202|
|Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 2012||102|
|U5MR by sex 2012, male||108|
|U5MR by sex 2012, female||97|
|Infant mortality rate (under 1), 1990||102|
|Infant mortality rate (under 1), 2012||66|
|Neonatal mortality rate 2012||28|
|Total population (thousands) 2012||16460.1|
|Annual no. of births (thousands) 2012||682.7|
|Annual no. of under-5 deaths (thousands) 2012||66|
|GNI per capita (US$) 2012||670|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) 2012||55.9|
As can be seen from the above statistics, the orphans of Burkina Faso need help. Your help! After all, they have no one else they can turn to for succor and relief.