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Urban slums a death trap for poor children

 IPS 11 May 2019

“For babies born in the big city, it’s the survival of the richest,” concludes a report from Save the Children which ranks 179 countries based on their urban survival gap – the growing inequality between rich and poor in both developing and developed countries which literally determines whether millions of infants will live or die before their fifth birthday. The 10 developing Countries with the largest child survival divide include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, India and Vietnam but wealthy capital cities that are the worst for child survival, include Washington D.C. (U.S.),Vienna (Austria), Bern (Switzerland), Warsaw (Poland), and Athens (Greece). (835 Words) - By Valentina Ieri

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A child stands in pouring rain in the slum of Susan's Bay in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, August 22, 2019.Credit: REUTERS/Simon Akam

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Children wait to get free meals at a feeding centre of the World Mission Church, a non-government agency, as part of a feeding programme at a slum area in Manila October 23, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Children play in Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro November 14, 2019. Three thousand troops backed by helicopters and armored vehicles occupied Rio de Janeiro's largest slum without firing a shot on Sunday, the biggest step in the Brazilian city's bid to improve security and end the reign of drug gangs. Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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