Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2013

Situation children on the islands often unsafe and unhealthy

Caribbean ChildrenWILLEMSTAD - Children in the former Netherlands Antilles grow up in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. This is often due to ignorance and parental problems, according to a study of children in the Caribbean which UNICEF presented today, as reported by Dutch newspapers.

The more than 90,000 children living on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, don’t get enough healthy food and do not live always in a safe and clean environment. According to UNICEF, many children live in poverty and many are mistreated and abused. How many children are involved, is unknown, especially because the subject is taboo.

For the survey, the children's organization of the United Nations spoke with about 130 children and young people up to 25 years and more than 300 local experts on the situation of children in the islands. According to Karin Kloosterboer, children's expert at Unicef ​, many parents do not know how to educate their children or they don’t have time for them. "Many parents allow their children to their fate, because they are struggling to keep their heads above water and many have to work," says Kloosterboer. Education is not a natural thing for every child on the islands.

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