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10 haunting cartoons about children

World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. We join in with these 10 cartoons that highlight there is still a long way to go to ensure every child, wherever he or she is born, is happy, healthy and safe...

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. That is 23 girls every minute. Nearly 1 every 3 seconds. Cartoon by Marilena Nardi from Italy:


Child labor is is still widespread, for instance in coffee cultivation. Something to think about the next time you sip an overpriced cappuccino. Cartoon by Niels Bo Bojesen from Denmark:



Some 149 million children live in countries affected by armed conflict. This cartoon by Portuguese cartoonist Vasco Gargalo is titled 'Children of war':



Thousands of children are not only witnessing the atrocities of war, they are serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. These boys and girls are sometimes as young as 8 years old. Cartoon by Italian artist Paolo Lombardi:


And we haven't even talked about domectic violence. According to the WHO, nearly 3 in 4 children - or 300 million children - aged 2–4 years regularly suffer physical punishment and/or psychological violence at the hands of parents and caregivers. Cartoon by Bulgarian artist Trayko Popov:



Whether it be war or domestic abuse, children are often caught in the middle. Cartoon by Ajie Mandiri from Indonesia:



Abuse is a problem, but so is negligence. This beautiful (and apt) illustration is by Agim Sulaj:



And how can you have a happy childhood when your parent has orthodox or other extremist ideas? Cartoon by Musa Gumus from Turkey:

Musa GUMUS-Child


One in six children live in extreme poverty, a figure that is on the rise because of the pandemic. Cartoon by Abdallah from Egypt:



And let's not forget about the estimated 100 million homeless children worldwide (estimate by UNICEF). Cartoon by Dutch cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards:



As we mentioned at the top of this post, there is a long way to go...


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