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PostSubject: Today, over 25,000 children died around the world   Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:32 pm

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Over 25,000 children die every day around the world.

That is equivalent to:

* 1 child dying every 3.5 seconds
* 17-18 children dying every minute
* A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every 1.5 weeks
* An Iraq-scale death toll every 16–38 days
* Over 9 million children dying every year
* Some 70 million children dying between 2000 and 2007


The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. In spite of the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.

Most people are at least aware of this, what they are probably less aware of that media broadcasters justify airing lesser news in favour of the tragedy's like these simply because they happen everyday. Maybe if news channels concentrated less on being 'entertainment' and more on being a resource for affairs, ongoing and current, maybe more people would wish to help. Sadly, statistics probably show repetitive news means viewers growing tired and resulting in less ratings, which impacts advertising shown in between news shows.
What does this say about the public in general? They want to know what's going on in the world so they can talk about it the next day with work colleagues, say how much of a tragedy it is, then proceeding to forget about it feeling like a good, caring soul, and moving on to the next glamorised tragedy. Of course, its unfair to say that these viewers should be obliged to help in some way, but what happens is ongoing affairs that really matter are made to seem slightly less significant than more pressing issues like Jade Goody.

Anyway, you can read the full story here if you're interested.

Today, over 25,000 children died around the world

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PostSubject: Re: Today, over 25,000 children died around the world   Sat May 02, 2009 11:33 pm

i heard something similar on the radio the other day to what you have said.
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