AMERICA/DOMINICAN REP. - In debt with childhood: Dominican children are deprived of their rights

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Santo Domingo (Agenzia Fides) - Nearly 13% of minors in the Dominican Republic are forced to work, about 15% do not go to school and 28% are married or cohabit. These alarming data have been reported by the "In Debt with Childhood" Report, presented these days in the Country by Save the Children organization. It is a study of 172 countries ranked from the worst to the best, based on the various obstacles that prevent young children from enjoying their childhood. Among the various factors there are infant death, early marriage, child labor, teenage pregnancy, malnutrition, violence and education.
The Dominican Republic is ranked 120th, and is therefore one of the worst Countries. The document also points out that in the Caribbean Country, there is the highest birthrate among adolescents in addition to being among the ten Countries with the highest index of child murders in the region. All these elements have a very profound impact on the lives of children who, apart from being deprived of their rights, and have no way of fighting poverty in view of a better future. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 26/7/2017)