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HIV/AIDS, War, Poverty Have Large Impact on Children Worldwide, UNICEF Director Says
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on Monday said that the HIV/AIDS pandemic, war and "grinding poverty" have been "major obstacles to progress" in helping young people worldwide, the AP/Guardian reports. "The implications of conflict and the implications of HIV and AIDS have an enormous impact on children being able to actually enjoy a childhood where they are able to grow up in relative health, relative peace and relative security," she said, adding, "There have been gains for children over the last decade, but there could have been more" (Haven, AP/Guardian, 12/6). Bellamy also said that HIV/AIDS and conflict have hindered the world from meeting its development goals, according to BBC News (Anderson, BBC News, 12/6). The organization on Thursday in London is scheduled to release "The State of the World's Children 2005" report, which says "childhood is a brutal experience for half of the world's children -- crucial years destroyed by poverty, conflict and AIDS" (UNICEF release, 12/6).
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