What would you do if you saw a 6-year-old alone in a public place?
Apparently, it depends on how the child is dressed.
UNICEF Georgia conducted a video social experiment as The State of the World’s Children, an annual report by the organization, was released Tuesday.
In the video, a child actor named Anano goes out on the streets of Georgia dressed in two completely different ways.
At first she’s seen wearing a dress and a coat, standing on the street. People approach her, some kneel down to talk to her. People ask her how old she is, where she lives, and if she is lost.
Then Anano changes her appearance by wearing a hat, dirty clothes, and soot on her face. Standing on the same street as before, people ignore her completely.
The experiment is then taken to a restaurant where the young girl, dressed in a pink jacket with her hair pinned up, sits with patrons with no problem, and is even kissed on the cheek and caressed by women.
The child actor changes her appearance again to dirty clothes, and the situation turns cold. People move their bags away from her, while others tell her to go away. A man requests a restaurant employee: “Can you take her out please.”
Anano then ran away and began to cry—the experiment was pulled off.
“This made me sad,” said Anano, “I don’t know.”
“They were telling me to go away,” said the child, who was still upset.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 28, 2016
The video was made for the #FightUnfair campaign for UNICEF.
69 Million Preventable Deaths: Report
By the year 2030, 167 million children will live in poverty, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, while 750 million women will have been married as children, according a UNICEF report released June 28.
The poorest children are twice as likely than the richest to die before age 5 and to be chronically malnourished.
Girls from poor homes are twice as likely to be child brides than those from the wealthiest households.
Throughout much of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, children born to mothers who have no education are nearly three times more likely to die before they are 5 than those born to mothers with a secondary education, the report says.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 28, 2016
Children in sub-Saharan Africa are taking the hardest hit. At least 247 million children, two in three children, live in multidimensional poverty. Almost 60 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds from the poorest fifth of the population have had less than 4 years of schooling.
Projections for 2030
- Sub-Saharan Africa will account for nearly half of the 69 million children who will die before their fifth birthday from mostly preventable causes.
- More than half of the 60 million children of primary school age who will still be out of school will be from that region.
- 9 out of 10 children living in extreme poverty will be from sub-Saharan Africa.
“Denying hundreds of millions of children a fair chance in life does more than threaten their futures—by fueling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, it imperils the future of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement.
“We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.”