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Top 10 Terrible Issues Facing Children Worldwide

Children are the future and it is the responsibility of adults to protect them and ensure that they get the best footing in life. Unfortunately this is not always the case in many nations around the world – including our own! This list looks at ten of the worst situations that children today are forced to face. It is hard to believe that these situations still occur, but learning about them is a good way to start trying to help.


Violence through Indoctrination


Palestinian children are taught to hate Jews, to glorify “jihad” (holy war), violence, death and child martyrdom almost from birth, as an essential part of their culture and destiny. As captured on an Israeli video documentary produced in 1998, a “Sesame Street”-like children’s program called the “Children’s Club” — complete with puppet shows, songs, Mickey Mouse and other characters — focused on inculcating intense hatred of Jews and a passion for engaging in and celebrating violence against them in a perpetual “jihad” until the day the Israeli flags come down from above “Palestinian land” and the Palestinian flag is raised.

In Madrasas, Islamic schools for study of pure Islamic religion, the culprits are the religious teachers; and the victims include helpless innocent underage students. The sacred teacher-student relationship is given a new definition in these Islamic schools. Following is the bitter experience of a 12 years old madrasa student from Kenya who was rescued during January 2003.

“It was a terrible place, they chain both legs and both arms, sometimes hands and feet together, They beat us at lunch time, dinner time and grab both legs and hands and give us lashes on the buttocks. We sleep in chains, eat in chains, and go to the toilets in chains. Sometimes we are hooked on the roof in chains and left hanging. We have to memorize the Koran and get punished if we cannot recite the Koran in the classroom”.

Chaining incidents are rare in Bangladeshi madrasas. Child torture incidents in madrasas are reported mostly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sudan. The number of students are estimated somewhere between eight hundred thousands to one million. They are often run by religious organizations and lure young children mainly from poor families by providing free food and lodging. Some of the schools even provide intensive political and armed training.



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According to UNICEF, 25,000 children die each day due to poverty. Around 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the bulk of the deficit are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation. Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water. Some 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea. For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are: 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3), 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5) and 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7). 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (same as children population in France, Germany, Greece and Italy.) 1.4 million die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized. Millions of parents in developing countries must daily cope with the fact that their children may not survive the first critical years of life; in many cases, the diseases that threaten their children’s lives are preventable.


Life as Refugees


Of the 50 million refugees and displaced people in the world, approximately half are children. War is the primary factor in the creation of child refugees. It is also a principle cause of child death, injury, and loss of parents. In the last decade, war has killed more than 2 million children, wounded another 6 million, and orphaned about 1 million. Children also flee their homes because they fear various forms of abuse such as rape, sexual slavery, and child labor. Circumstances of birth also play a role in depriving children of a legal home. Each year 40 million children are not registered at birth, depriving them of nationality and a legal name.

The combined ravages of AIDS and war have created a large pool of orphan refugees and displaced children, particularly in Africa. The toll of Rwanda’s civil war, for example, left orphan children to head some 45,000 Rwandan households, with 90 percent of these headed by girls. “Separated Children” are those under age 18 and living outside their country of origin without parents or legal guardians to care for or protect them. Every year, about 20,000 separated children apply for asylum in Europe and North America. Overall, children account for approximately half of all individuals seeking legal asylum in developed countries. Separated children are not often legally recognized as refugees in western countries. In Europe, for example, where there may be as many as 50,000 separated children at any given time, only an estimated 1-5 percent of those who apply for asylum are granted refugee status.


Lack of Access to Education


More than 100 million children do not have access to school. Of the children who enroll in primary school, over 150 million drop out, while user fees, including levies, are still charged for access to education in 92 countries and that such charges have impact on excluding girls. 77 million children worldwide are not able to go to school due to lack of funds. For socially disadvantaged segments of the population like poor inhabitants of cities, AIDS orphans and the physically challenged, any access to education is often particularly difficult to obtain. The consequence of this lack of access to education is that 15 percent of those adolescents between 15 and 24 in third world countries are illiterate.

Location often contributes to a child’s lack of access and attendance to education. In certain areas of the world it is more difficult for children to get to school. For example, in high-altitude areas of India, severe weather conditions for more than 7 months of the year make school attendance erratic and force children to remain at home. Gender also contributes to a child’s lack of access and attendance to education. In 25 countries the proportion of boys enrolling in secondary school is higher than girls by 10% or more, and in five; India, Nepal, Togo, Turkey and Yemen, the gap exceeds 20%. The worst disparity is found in South Asia, where 52% of boys and only 33% of girls enroll; a gap of 10%. Enrollment is low for both boys and girls in sub-Saharan Africa, with rates of just 27% and 22%. Girls trail respectively behind. It is generally believed that girls are often discouraged from attending primary schooling, especially in less developed countries for religious and cultural reasons.


Child Neglect

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Neglect is an act of omission, or the absence of action. While the consequences of child neglect can be devastating, it leaves no visible marks. Moreover, it usually involves infants and very young children who cannot speak for themselves. James M. Gaudin Jr., in “Child Neglect: Short-Term and Long-Term Outcomes”, reported that, compared with non-maltreated and abused children, neglected children have the worst delays in language comprehension and expression. Psychologically neglected children also score lowest in IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests.

Emotional neglect, in its most serious form, can result in the “non-organic failure to thrive syndrome,” a condition in which a child fails to develop physically or even to survive. According to Gaudin, studies have found that, even with aggressive intervention, the neglected child continues to deteriorate. The cooperation of the neglectful parents, which is crucial to the intervention, usually declines as the child’s condition worsens. This shows that it is sometimes not that easy to change the parental attributes that have contributed to the neglect in the first place.

Parental neglectful behaviors include not keeping the child clean, not providing enough clothes for keeping warm, not making sure the child attended school, not caring if the child got into trouble in school, not helping with homework, not helping the child do his best, not providing comfort when the child was upset, and not helping when the child had problems. The prevalence of childhood neglect ranged from 3.2% in New Hampshire, United States, to 10% in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 19.4% in Singapore, and 36.4% in Pusan, Korea.


Child Labor


An estimated 211 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working around the world, according to the International Labor Organization. Of these, 120 million children are working full time to help support their impoverished families.

There are millions of children whose labor can be considered forced, not only because they are too young to choose to work, but also because they are, in fact, actively coerced into working. These include child bonded laborers — children whose labor is pledged by parents as payment or collateral on a debt — as well as children who are kidnapped or otherwise lured away from their families and imprisoned in sweatshops or brothels. In addition, millions of children around the world work unseen in domestic service — given or sold at a very early age to another family.

Forced child laborers work in conditions that have no resemblance to a free employment relationship. They receive little or no pay and have no control over their daily lives. They are often forced to work beyond their physical capacity and under conditions that seriously threaten their health, safety and development. In many cases their most basic rights, such as freedom of movement and expression, are suppressed. They are subject to physical and verbal abuse. Even in cases where they are not physically confined to their workplace, their situation may be so emotionally traumatizing and isolating that once drawn into forced labor they are unable to conceive of a way to escape.


Child Prostitution

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In Thailand, NGOs have estimated that up to a third of prostitutes are children under 18. A study by the International Labor Organization on child prostitution in Vietnam reported that incidence of children in prostitution is steadily increasing and children under 18 make up between 5 percent and 20 percent of prostitution depending on the geographical area. In the Philippines, UNICEF estimated that there are 60,000 child prostitutes and many of the 200 brothels in the notorious Angeles City offer children for sex. In India as many as 200,000 Nepali girls, many under the age of 14, have been sold into red-light districts. Nepalese girls, especially virgins, are favored in India because of their fair skin and young looks. Every year about 10,000 Nepalese girls, most between the age of nine and 16, are sold to brothels in India. In El Salvador, one-third of the sexually exploited children between 14 and 17 years of age are boys. The median age for entering into prostitution among all children interviewed was 13 years.


Internet Child Pornography

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The internet is a virtual playground for child predators. It is a place that operates largely outside of the law. While trading in pedophile pornography is illegal, lack of adequate funding means law enforcement officials are able to investigate just two percent of their leads. Also, according to Interpol statistics, only one-half of one percent are ever prosecuted.

On a show that aired September 2, 2008, Oprah Winfrey showed a map that clearly conveyed how fast one pornographic image of a child being molested can spread. From a computer in Washington, DC, the image spread within 24 hours, all across the United States. The demand for new images and videos is so high that authorities report they are tracking increasingly brutal pornography with younger and younger victims.


Trafficking and Slavery

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Trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are forced into slavery. It affects every continent and most countries. Currently, children are trafficked from countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen to be used as camel jockeys in the UAE. Furthermore, Anti-Slavery International also has evidence that children are also being trafficked to be used as camel jockeys in other Gulf states including Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and also internally in Sudan. The use of children as jockeys in camel racing is itself extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury and even death. Some children are also abused by the traffickers and employers, for example by depriving them of food and beating them. The children’s separation from their families and their transportation to a country where the people, culture and usually the language are completely unknown leaves them dependent on their employers and de facto forced laborers.

According to UNICEF, over 200,000 children work as slaves in West and Central Africa. Boys are usually sold to work on cotton and cocoa plantations while girls are used as domestic servants and prostitutes. In some cases, children are kidnapped outright and sold into slavery while in others, families sell their children, mostly girls, for as little as $14.


Military Use of Children


Around the world, children are singled out for recruitment by both armed forces and armed opposition groups, and exploited as combatants. Approximately 250,000 children under the age of 18 are thought to be fighting in conflicts around the world, and hundreds of thousands more are members of armed forces who could be sent into combat at any time. Although most child soldiers are between 15 and 18 years old, significant recruitment starts at the age of 10 and the use of even younger children has been recorded.

Easily manipulated, children are sometimes coerced to commit grave atrocities, including rape and murder of civilians using assault rifles such as AK-47s and G4s. Some are forced to injure or kill members of their own families or other child soldiers. Others serve as porters, cooks, guards, messengers, spies, and sex slaves.

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  • Geng1s

    I hate it when adults and especially Parents push their views on their kids. So much for freedom of choice.

    • I loved your response! My sentiments exactly.

    • I've been conducting research on that subject from the aspect of religious oppression and cult mentality.

    • DJ Beat

      right on u can say that again

    • David Hopkins

      Except sometimes parents have to decide what’s best for their children even if the children may not necessarily like it.

      • David Hopkins

        I mean, in terms of bedtime, chores, protective parental positions and the like, not any of the ten items on the list or anything else harmful to children.

    • In the case of the choice of religion, the child must be given the liberty to choose his/her belief. That’s why I think baptizing children (in Roman Catholicism) during infancy is a bit overboard. The baby doesn’t even know what the religion is about, and their BORN into it. But I guess that’s nothing compared to entry #10.

      • ooops grammar correction, it’s “they’re” not “their” :3

  • Matt1234

    I joined the USMC at 17, and never thought of myself as a "child soldier." The rest make me sick. I'll

    help oochan with the skinning.

    • concernedcitizen

      It is most probable, that you never felt like a "child soldier" because your assignments were routine, humane actions, and there was not armed warfare within your own unit. If at 17, you joined USMC, and they asked you as your "training" to put a machete through your brother's back and hold your mother at gunpoint while she was raped by your superiors, perhaps.. you would have felt what these "child soldiers" are feeling…..

      • blest

        WOW……jump to conclusions much ?

  • faketree78

    There is no God. This list is proof.

    • Maria

      Your a Bitch

  • oouchan

    Wow, rushfan. Way to get something close to my heart. I love children and do as much as I can to protect them. It’s sad that there are so many people out there who abuse and mistreat their own children and others.

    What gets me are those who have children but don’t take care of them at all. Why did they have them in the first place? Why keep them? I know this might cause more issues but really…There are people out there who will offer a home to mistreated children. I have and I will do so again.

    By the way, anyone who hurts a child should be skinned alive. No pussyfooting around. I don’t even consider these people to be human. I would volunteer myself for the duty as well.

    Great and educational, but sad list.

  • Rocknopera

    Thank you for bringing attention to these issues.

  • Kennoth

    Top 5 :O

  • frogmanster

    it is a terrible thing that these children have their childhood so cruelly snatched away from them.

  • Yoshi

    I agree with Oouchan…it is despicable when an adult hurts a child. It is terrifying to read about. Human traficking also occurs more commonly in the US than I think most people realize. According to the US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually.
    Frightening, isn’t it?

  • oouchan

    @Matt1234 (6): My brother also joined at 17 to the USMC. He shares the same views as me. In fact, he is a probation officer for juvinile sex offenders.
    Many of these children are abused themselves and then turn around and abuse their friends or siblings. Vicious cycle they are in. He does what he can to help them, even though they themselves have commited a crime. It’s enough to break your heart.

  • Kennoth

    Heart breaking list, though nothing new.
    If the children would be treated better, there would be less psychopaths in the world.

  • BooRadley

    Another amazing list from Rushfan… This one breaks my heart. I truly believe children are sacred and we all need to watch over them. I would be outraged if any animal were to be treated this way, but to do it to human children must warrant a special place in Hell for their tormentors.

    I have read several books written by former child soldiers and was appalled at what was going on in the world. But while I was watching The Wire (It’s fiction, I know, but it mirrors the truth…) I realized we are using little boys with weapons to fight right here in the USA. Their lives seem to have little value to anyone.

    I am hoping to recover enough physically to move to Africa and work in an orphanage when I retire. I don’t have a lot to give, except love and nurturing and teaching, but I think whatever anyone does to help will change some lives. I also donate a small amount monthly to help needy children. I am not saying these things to brag or to build myself up, I just want to get the point across that ALL of us must work together in whatever way we can to stop these horrifying atrocities. We can’t just sit idly by and say, “That’s awful,” and then do nothing to make it change.

    Please, find a way that you can make a difference, using your talents or your spare change or your prayers. Give some of your time to teach reading to illiterate people in your own area. Start a clothing drive for children living in poverty. Gather up books and school supplies and send them to countries where even a pencil is a prized possession for a student. Please, let’s all help in whatever way we can. We can’t sit by and watch this happen to defenseless children.

  • Nicosia

    This broke my heart… If anyone ever laid a hand on my babies, I’d kill them. I can not understand how some parents don’t have that instinct. Makes me want to go take them all in….

  • CatChick1964

    WOW Rushfan…

    It’s hard to say it’s an awesome list… but when it comes to raising awareness for the sake of a child… it is, indeed, a most awesome list and has awakened some emotions I haven’t felt in a long time.

    My heart aches. I’m sick to my stomach. I’m mad as hell, too. I want so much to take each and every child out there and give them a good meal… a safe place to sleep… clothes to wear… medicines to make them healthy… and a heartfelt hug and a big “I love you” that they know would be sincere and not a sexual advance.

    Some people will no doubt yell at me for saying this…
    I DON’T CARE..I pray right now that God hears the cries of these innocent ones and gives them comfort and what they need, be it food, water, shelter, clothing or security.

    Matthew 18:6 (King James Version)

    “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    I cannot do much about these horrible people who misuse and abuse God’s children.. but God in Heaven can .. and He will.

  • Travis

    Its curious that this list was posted cos a group of friends and I just volunteered for a 2 month expedition to Indonesia and East Timor with the objective to take care of 8 – 12 year olds and basically teach them how to surf and speak english.

    I believe that if we all could just take 2 months of our life to volunteer in helping children, a lot could be accomplished!!

  • Princess

    This heartbreaking list brought tears to my eyes…..looked at my own babies and had to hold them close.

    It is easy to go about your own life and not think about the suffering that goes on…thank you for bringing attention to these issues

  • corinthian0430

    A ha! another list with a thinly veiled message against Michael Jackson’s child molestation habit!!!

    sneaky sneaky sneaky!!!

  • joliver

    sadly, this is reality!

    they just involved from adult’s problem!
    it all started in fucking religion belief, money and power,

    but i am lucky that i am raised in a good family!

  • manuel

    It’s a very important list. I hope these problems will be solved as soon as possible.

  • Kennoth


    No need to yell, I pretty much agree with everything you just said. I have a little brother, and if someone would hurt him, I’d kill that person without remorse.

    However I don’t like religion, and I thing God has nothing to do with today’s list.

  • yeahyourwrong

    You know what, this site has real bias. First of all jihad doesn’t mean holy war and madrasas is Arabic for schools, theres no arguing this. How about you do a little research before posting stuff up.

  • Razor11000

    How sad that such mindless brutality persists even in modern times and yet people call these times civilized.

    I say the world is only as developed/civilized/organized as the weakest state.

  • Kennoth


    Yeah, this site’s secret policy is actually to publicly slander Muslims and their beliefs.

    I mean, really…

  • randomness

    not that i agree with everything on this list, but I do think we should stop considering 18 as being the definition of adult. Really, the statistics would seem much less dramatic if you dropped “adult-hood” down to the age of 14/15, when adult hood has traditionally started throughout the ages. Why? Because upon reaching sexual maturity, we are also capable of full reasoning skills and the capability of deciding for ourselves. The problem is that western society in general babys children for way too long. Really, I think at the age of 14 a person should not be considered a child in respects to military/labor situations. As far as the sex trade/kidnappings go, 16 seems a more acceptable age. Eighteen is and always been an arbitrary assignation of adult rights.

  • bias?

    this place has a biased against muslims? bullshit. What they are referring to above is how most people in the WORLD view the term “jihad”, and holy war is a pretty close approximation. Anyways, if the muslims weren’t doing the shit talked about above, they wouldn’t be anywhere near this list. You know what though? They do do this shit. Fucking live with it. Just because there are bad apples to talk shit about means that everyone CAN talk shit about the bad apples. Hell, a large portion of this list is against Asian/African countries. Where are the blacks and mongols defending their background? Well, they’re being reasonable, because he’s not attacking their absurd religion.

  • ARckAngel

    Why is it that 9-1 talk in a more general tone, while 10 only talks about Islam? So only Muslims teach their kids to hate? Also madrasas is not Islamic school, its just Arabic for school, they pulled this same ignorant bs with Obama during the election. He went to a madrasa (school), it was called this becasue the core study was taught in Arabic. It has nothing to do with Islam or religion at all. Plus not all Palestinians are taught to hate Jews, Zionists maybe, but thats two different groups all together. Hell there are Jews who are against Israel, or against the Zionist idea. Like #19 said, do a little research, hell just run it by wiki next time.

  • monkeykong

    #23, did you say mongols? and your not talking about not being biased? ur probably a racist, lol

  • MelBell

    Excellent list. Reminded me of an article I read about the trafficking of “orphans” in poor countries to unknowing couples in the USA. Orphanages in Africa, Southeast Asia, and whatever country is the new “popular” choice for children in need will sometimes steal children from their parents and put them up for adoption, all for profit. It was shocking to read (it was also published around the recent Madonna adoption.)

    I’ve also cared for children who have experienced severe neglect as infants. The effects are soooo long lasting and difficult to overcome.

    I really do believe children are the future and that every community is responsible for providing good care for them.

  • Skrillah

    A thought provoking List. Good job sir!

    Jfrater : Heres some ideas for the future.

    Top 10 ;

    1) Male Vocalists ever
    2) Songs to play on the guitar
    3) Reasons why Democracy works in theory but fails in practice.
    4) Reasons why we are still a ‘Type 0’ civilization
    5) Scientific Discoveries that will win you a Nobel Prize ( Theory of everything,true explanation of Gravity etc.)
    6) Cool things that you could do on the moon which are impossible to do on earth
    7) Facts about meditation
    8) Things you dont know about ”Infinity”
    9) Predictions that came true
    10) Unexplored places on Earth

    Off the top of my head, tired now..

  • MelBell

    @22 Randomness

    Actually in respects to the age cutoff, I agree that the line can seem gray in some respects…but in truth the mind is still developing and has not yet reached adulthood. Scientific study has shown that 18-year-old minds are still growing and developing impulse controls. It’s also why the USA has their drinking laws at age 21, since that seems the be the age where the average mind reaches adulthood, more or less.

    I think that western society does, as you put it “babys children for way too long,” because they can afford it. Also, isn’t your suggestion of 16 as an adult age just as arbitrary?

  • mom424

    Great if disturbing list Rushfan. As always.

    Indoctrination doesn’t just happen in the Southern Asia and the Middle East now eh? All those whack-job survivalists/hate junkies in The USA have progeny. Did you read about the woman who had her kid removed from her custody because she tattooed the child with a swastika? (That might have happened in Alberta – Canada has nut-jobs too). Pretty sure if we’re not careful we’re going to end up with a whole generation that automatically hates anyone who wears a burkha or prays twice a day. Damn shame that.

  • Bengaalse Tijger

    no matter how you put it, if you’re seventeen and joining an army, you’re a child soldier, no denying purpose really.

  • 7raul7

    Great list as always (well…) Everyone agrees that these things have to be stopped but no. 10 is a little biased. It is true that in some madrassas, children are treated in an unacceptable manner, but most of them are like missionaries. They have prayers 5 times a day, are made to learn the Holy Quran, provided food & shelter, given basic education (equivalent to Grade 4) & then are made respectable, if not distinguished, members of the society. As for the teaching of anti semitism (jew-ism here), Israel has earned that image of a brutal oppressor itself. Just flash back to the recent war on gaza, where, in the name of hezbollah, they killed, maimed, injured thousands of innocent palestinians while the Hezbollah is as it was. This is but a tiny example, & if you take in the view the horrendous atrocities commited by the israelis, you will understand why this education is given. Inn fact, i support this education because they should be taught how to defend themselves agains those Israeli oppressors. Really, you only paint one side of the picture but don’t show the more relevant one, or rather, the more useful one. In fact, Israeli kids are taught how to use weapons in their childhood & also to hate arabs/palestinians. Really, everyone knows what
    Israel is doing & still you say that Palestinians are wrong ? Shame on this ignorant society, shame.

    Seriously, if you want to know how humane the Israelis are towards Palestinian kids, just type in ‘Israeli atrocities’ in google image search & you will know why the kids are being taught all this. Really, i hope you change your skewed views.

  • Kyran Wray

    wow very eye opening.
    i really enjoy your lists rushfan, and i hope to see more coming.

  • Peter Breen

    I belive that any socity that preys on its young and old is fundementally sick.

  • Eric Karthik

    What is said here is true, atleast in my country (India) being a child and born to poor parents is the worst possible condition imaginable. forced labour and child trafficking are rampant.

    Hope children are spared and allowed to have a childhood to remember.

  • Iain

    Excellent list as usual from rushfan (not sure about your taste in music though). One thing that occurs to me that should be added, concerns the provision of official care for children without or taken from parents – the orphanage system if you like.

    If you think about the current big Catholic church/child abuse scandal in Ireland, the Haut de la Garenne investigation in Jersey (UK channel islands), endemic neglect in state institutions in many East European nations – you can see that there are big problems in many ostensibly civilised countries, where systems of care for the most vulnerable turn into loci for predation and neglect. I don’t know much about the US system, but it’s a cliche of US TV drama to threaten parents with putting their kids into ‘the system’ – so I guess there must be some reality behind the fiction.

  • carevna

    Can anyone explain to me why these people have children when they know they can’t provide them with food, education etc.? Somebody once told me that people in South East Asia have many children to look after them when they get old. Is that true? It works the other way round where I come from (and we’re dying out :-)) ).

  • Luce

    This list makes me so sad!

    Especially the picture for child neglect :(

    But still, a powerful and thought provoking list.

  • sagirl

    Well done, what an awesome list. We need atrocities such as these brought to the foreground. We cannot afford to walk around with rose-coloured glasses when our fellow human beings are living these very real nightmares.

  • muzli

    This is really heart wrenching for me because children are very close to my heart. I cried by just going though this list. The little that you can do to alleviate the plight of children would be very good. Anything no matter how little it is.

  • sagirl

    Carevna – with regards to comment # 35, unfortunately a lot of it comes down to lack of education and access to family planning. It’s complete ignorance, especially in African countries. Very sad.

  • rain

    This list clearly shows that children are being abused even though most of us don’t know this. This list should be posted on every website so everybody can see their mistakes.

  • carevna

    Sagirl – yes, ignorance is what I think it is. Seriously, one doesn’t have to be a genius to figure out how babies are made…

  • Kibey

    It’s like a list of all the countries the US wants to bomb.

  • mom424

    sagirl, Carevna: It’s not only that; many children don’t survive infancy therfore a few are insurance. Also the more male children you can put to work, the more money coming into the household.

  • TruthSeeker

    Its interesting you never brought the issue of Jews teaching there children that the Palestinians and other arabs are the evil terrorists, Jews have commited 53 massacres since 1946 against the innocent civilans of Palestine.Your obviously a filthy Zionist whoever published this article.



  • carevna

    You’re right, mom424. A lot of my colleagues who come from these countries send most of their salaries back home and support not only their parents but also siblings and THEIR families. I know a few girls who got pregnant, flew back home to give birth, left the babies with their relatives and returned to work, knowing they won’t see them for a long time. That’s something I’ll never understand…

  • Moonbeam

    I’m not a Muslim, but I do think that #10 on the list does show a bias against followers of Islam and the people of the Middle East. There are examples from other faiths that could be shown also. As @Iain (34): mentions the Catholic Church in Ireland is now being confronted with evidence of abuse of children. “The nine-year investigation found that Catholic priests and nuns for decades terrorised thousands of boys and girls in the Irish Republic, while government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rape and humiliation.” (from I’m quite certain all other faiths have similar examples that could also be cited.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Moonbeam, you forgot to mention how the Jews would abduct christian children from various communities and drink them dry of there blood for passover.

  • sagirl

    mom424 – you are absolutely right there too. There are in fact so many reasons that just don’t make any sense to us from more developed countries (not that these problems don’t exist in the more developed coutries either.)

  • Layne

    This list made me so angry I had to wait for my hands to stop shaking so I could type.It covered everything that makes me absolutely furious, except for the simplest ones.

    What about physical abuse? Or verbal abuse?

    They may not sound as horrific as some of the others,but they’re still just as horrible. They can ruin kids, both physically and mentally,and isn’t that worth a place on your list of terrible issues?

  • TruthSeeker

    The King David Massacre
    The Massacre at Baldat Al-Shaikh
    Yehida Massacre
    Khisas Maasacre
    Qazaza Massacre
    The Semiramis Hotel Massacre
    The Massacre At Dai Yasin
    Nase Al-Din Massacre
    The Tantura Massacre
    Beit Daras Massacre
    The Dahmash Mosque Massacre
    Dawagma Massacre
    Houla Massacre
    Salha Massacre
    Sharafat Massacre
    The Massacre At Qibya
    Kafr Qasem Massacre
    Khan Yunis Massacre
    The Massacre In Gaza City
    Al-Sammou Massacre
    Aithraoun Massacre
    Kawnin Massacre
    Hanin Massacre
    Bint Jeil Massacre
    Abbasieh Massacre
    Adloun Massacre
    Saida Massacre

  • NK

    i am muslim and i used to go to a madrassah. they are not breeding grounds for child terrorists, they are just religious schools. although i have to say that what palestinians are doing are wrong. i have seen some of their “children shows” and they sicken me. its full of unnecessary propaganda.

  • TruthSeeker

    @NK (52):
    Salam alaykom, i have to agree but a television show telling children to hate the occupiers is nothing compared to how the israelis treat the Palestinians.
    Never enough bodies for the occupied terrirtories of Palestine (Israel)

  • Lifeschool

    Hi there. Good to see a list chock full of figures and percentages – your research is top notch rushfan – I think your hard work shines through.

    Children and childrens rights are a hot topic in this day and age; and rightly so. Human beings seem to be very good at taking advantage for their own ends, and kids can be very low maintainance, and can often be easily beguiled into doing all manner of things. We all come into this world not knowing a thing about it, and we look towards their elders to show us what’s what. And that’s the issue – those elders can teach a child anything and they’ll go along with it. Say to them ‘We hate X’ and they’ll think X is bad. Say ‘Prostitution is what young girls do’ – and they’ll do it. Yes it is sad that some folks are ruthless in their methods and their lifestyle.

    Historically, children have always worked for their elders, and at all ages. Servants, messengers, food gatherers, weavers, miners – you name it. In the days before school as we know it, children were expected to work around the house and in the fields as soon as they were able, and in cases of large families, children would often raise their siblings. Right up until the early 20th century, children working in work-houses, mills, mines and factories was seen as quite normal, and quiet ordinary. Of course, this slowly began to change in first-world societies – leading up to where we are today.

    The subject of ‘adulthood’ may always be a subject of debate. Does adulthood begin at puberty (13-14), or at the point where children can take on responsibility? (10-11). Does it begin when children understand their own mind, and their own will (6-7), or does at begin when they can exersise that mind/will with considerate maturity (begins 24-26)? Some say the true adult only emerges in the mid 30s…

    As a final ponder on this subject – which I don’t wish to riddicule – I was once married to a girl who put herself to work way before 18. She eventually (having become addicted to narcotics) became a prostitute and many years later (of her own will) packed it all in. She was still only 17 by the time I met her. She was not part of an abusive family. She was, and is, well loved. I asked her why, and she said people will pay top dollar for it at that age – she saw it as shrewd business sense…

    Hmmm… Perhaps… whatever lengths folks go to to survive and get by is not a product of the times we live it, but more a product of our immediate environment, and the situations and issues we face on a day-to-day level?

  • faketree78

    @yeahyourwrong (19): Jihad: a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty. (Merriam-Webster)

    Seems it actually does mean ‘holy war’.

    Madrasas: a Muslim school, college, or university that is often part of a mosque. (Merriam-Webster)

    Seems it isn’t as simple as ‘a school’.

    Maybe you’re the one that should be doing research before calling somebody out on theirs. See, I can even do it with my Merriam-Webster lookups.

  • TruthSeeker

    @faketree78 (55):

    Jihad means struggle, you can struggle for anything.
    The west only use this term to ‘militarize’ the East so that it sounds like there is a war against a threat.
    Throwing stones at tanks, yeah right.

  • TruthSeeker

    @faketree78 (55):

    Is it the East invading the West?
    Is it the East occupying the West?
    Is it the East killing 500,000 civilians in the West?
    Infact you will find out the West are the terrorists, especially the USA.In there short existence they have racked up more bodies than any ony other tyranical nation.

  • NK

    @TruthSeeker (53): walaykum assalam, what you said is true but two wrongs dont make a right. if the israelis treat palestinians badly, it doesnt mean palestinians have to make cartoon characters that go to israel with ak-47s and eat jews for lunch. look up Pioneers of Tomorrow on youtube. you’ll see what i mean.
    if this show is meant to be funny, it isnt. its stupid. islam is about peace and tolerance. not the boycott of the modern world and the English language (that too is covered by the show).

  • hiero

    hey guys,

    guess how many real paedophiles are relishing this post and contributing to the comments that you now see..

  • warrrreagl

    rushfan, a sobering and motivational list. Thank you.

  • NK

    i have a feeling that this is going to top the Most Controversial Lists chart.

  • TruthSeeker

    @NK (58):
    I agree 100%, but you have to think what they have else for morale, its not alot.

    Were not completly different either.
    Propaganda is called entertainment here in the West.
    Our kids are killing ppl in video games,watching ppl kill ppl in movies,cartoons,tv shows.

  • The_Patient

    Damn. I knew I shouldnt have read this list.

    It makes me more than sick to think of anyone hurting or neglecting a child, and especially abusing them sexually! Oouchan, Id volunteer to be a skinner of those bastards too!
    How the hell can people do this?
    I do volunteer work for the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children…U.K) I have been for four years now, since I was 14. Its a small, minute percentage of help going on, I just dont feel we are doing enough!
    I completely agree with you CatChick1964 (12)

    Children’s innocence should be protected, thats what adults should be most focused on!

    Fucking hell. I hate shit like this.

    God, please step in.

  • The_Patient

    Also, to hiero (59)

    …what an asshole thing to say.

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker & NK:
    I think you guys are over looking the point of the list… its about children suffering all over the world beyond race or creed! Both Israeli and Paletinian children have been targeted by horrible crimes!

    I believe the author of the list – rushfan – just pointed out examples of places where these crimes happen. Its impossible to mention all in a 10 item list!

  • TruthSeeker

    @Travis (65):
    What horrible crimes to Israeli children suffer!?
    Read a goddamn history book

  • TruthSeeker

    @NK (61):
    Take care ukhti.

  • bengalboy

    a sad and thought-provoking list, to be sure. too bad the thoughts of some are with the technicalities of situations or definitions of words. how can anyone look in a child’s eyes and worry about such nonsense? there can be no justification for any of these conditions in any country!!!

  • TruthSeeker

    @Travis (65):
    This is an unfair biased list.
    Demonising the Palestinians who have and go through enough hatred in there lifes not to be vilified by people who dont know what there talking about.
    That is my point.

  • Rufus

    @Skrillah (27):

    nice idea, you should post that in the forums

    back to this list
    I’m sad to know it but happy not to be part of it…

  • callie19

    wonderful job, rush. Good to have you back writing lists.

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker:

    Here’s a lil’ something to demonstrate my point…

    “Jerusalem—-May 2….Palestinian terrorists murdered 4 young Jewish children and their pregnant mother this afternoon. The terror attack targeted the family vehicle while it was traveling on the road that leads to the Gaza Strip settlement bloc of Gush Katif.

    The terrorists arrived by car from the nearby Palestinian village of Dir al Ballah and began to fire at passing Israeli vehicles, consequently killing the mother and her four children. Another Israeli traveling in the opposite direction, was also wounded.

    After spraying the station wagen with bullets, the Palestinian terrorists walked up to the 4 terrified little girls and shot each one of them twice in the head, police said. The 8-month-old pregnant mother was shot in her belly at point blank range as she tried to cover her children

    The victims of the attack were identified as Tali Hatuel, 34, and her daughters Hila (11), Hadar (9), Roni (7) and Merav (2). Tali’s husband was not in the car at the time of the attack, ynet reported. The Hatuels lived on the Gush Katif settlement of Katif.”

    By Joel Leyden
    Israel News Agency

  • Rufus

    @TruthSeeker (56):

    Collins English Dictionary

    1.(Islam) a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
    2.(Islam) the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
    3.(Rare) a crusade in suppport of a cause

    i guess it’s just because of different dictionaries… but i believe Jihad CAN mean holy war

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker:
    you say:
    “…by people who dont know what there talking about.”

    You dont know who I am, where I come from or what I know!! So dont judge someone when you dont know them… or else… you will be doing excatly the same as you say the “west” does!!

  • Amy

    As a mother to two, beautiful, little girls – child abuse disturbs me to my absolute core. Hearing about parents and other adults who intentionally hurt kids (or exploit them) makes me so angry. I can barely watch the news. It keeps me up nights.

    I agree with many of the posters here. If anyone beats/molests kids – throw them to the wolves. They don’t deserve our sympathy. I say, release them to the general prison population. (let everyone know what they did) We won’t have to worry about them becoming repeat offenders – because they won’t make it back into our population.

    Too bad, so sad.

    **and to everyone posting about how bad one country is, in comparison to another…how very ethnocentric of you. Guess what? We’re all bad! There is abuse and violence in every country. If you think your country is justified in your violence, because you’re combating a bigger evil – you’re wrong.

    Every country is comprised of individuals who are responsible for their own actions. If every individual felt horror, everytime they took a life, our world would not be in the state that it’s in. (but) We’re all a bunch of self-centered a**holes. We think OUR religion is right – we think OUR politics should rule all – we think WE’RE the chosen ones – we think OUR way of life is correct – blah blah blah.

    Why can’t we accept that we’re not all alike? Why are we so damned fearful of eachother? We’re all a bunch of freakin cowards. We hide behind guns and bomb covered hazes…like we’re big and tough…but the fact that we can’t talk to eachother and try to reach some understanding, shows that we’re all a bunch of (pardon my language) p*ssies.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Rufus (73):
    Yes, but Jihad is ALWAYS taken out of context.
    And you forget the Christian crusades.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Travis (72):
    5/4/1956 (Palestine): On the evening of Thursday, April 5, 1956, Zionist occupation forces fired 20-mm
    mortar artillery on the city of Gaza. The shelling was concentrated against the city center, which was
    teaming with civilians going about their day-to-day affairs.29 Most of the shelling was directed against
    Mukhtar Street, Palestine Square and nearby streets, as well as the Shuja’iyya district.30 As a result of this
    terrorist massacre carried out by gangs belonging to the Zionist Army against the Palestinian people, 56
    people were killed and 103 were injured, the victims including men, women and children. Some of the
    wounded died subsequently, bringing the death toll to 60,
    including 27 women, 29 men and 4 children.

  • Amy

    …and yes, I know I accept violence against pedophiles. (but) That is my exception. Children are helpless and trusting. They rely on us for protection. We are responsible for them. It takes a non-human to abuse them.

    When pedophiles use them for their own sick pleasures – my stance against violence changes. The mother bear in me comes out.

  • TruthSeeker

    April, 1996
    The Israeli Air force bombed and killed 106 Lebanese civilians (almost all either women, children or old men) who had taken refuge in a UN shelter in the village of QANA. A further 110 civilians were injured.


  • Lifeschool

    @Travis (65): I agree. Well put IMHO. Lets not get bogged down in the war aspect; war accounts for a lesser percentage of child cruelty compared to everyday physical and emotional abuse.

    @hiero (59): Pedophilia and Pedophileophobia is (again IMHO) a very over-hyped public perception, and studies show the percentage of these individuals hasn’t risen in number over time (even since the 1960’s) and has remained less than 1% per head of population. “As for the “pure” clinical species, Okami believes that the proportion of Americans whose primary erotic focus is prepubescent children hovers around 1 percent… ..Criminal records do not indicate there are large or growing numbers of pedophiles. Even as the age of consent has risen and arrests for lower-level sex crimes have increased dramatically, arrests for rape and other sex offenses, including those against children, still constituted only about 1 percent of all arrests in 1993…. ..”The majority of reported acts of sexual abuse of children are not committed by pedophiles, but by men in relationships with adult women and men”, said John Money, of Johns Hopkins, a preeminent expert on sexual abnormalities… Indeed, contrary to politicians’ claims, the recidivism rates of child sex offenders are among the lowest in the criminal population.” (source)

  • TruthSeeker

    Palestinians throwing rocks at Isreals tanks, and you still think there the terrorist’s.
    Wake up and open your eyes.

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker:

    Listen here asshole!!! I’m NOT justifying any genocide I was just making a point on how both Israeli and Palestinian children have suffered, since you said…

    “@Travis (65):
    What horrible crimes do Israeli children suffer!?
    Read a goddamn history book”

  • faketree78

    @TruthSeeker (57): I don’t really understand your point. Are you trying to justify terrorism on the basis of an alleged body count? Are you saying that it is OK to kill innocent people because a particular government has, in your mind, killed more people than your government? You are teetering pretty close to the edge there.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Travis (82):
    Okay since your a little child with a bad temper when you hear something you dont like, ill put it easy for you.
    Zionism is a curse to Humanity, the people who support Zionism are the most evil on the face of this planet (in my opinion)

    Since i think your a slow american, ill leave you with this quote.

    “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you
    something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control
    America, and the Americans know it.” Israeli
    Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon
    Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio

  • JJ

    ok so most of the items on this list made me say “who cares” and i’ll tell you why item by item
    #10 happens everywhere and not just to children
    #9 is solved by #5 so why bitch about child labour work or starve tough choice
    #8 cant be avoided until there is no more war ,so it will always be
    #7 does a pig farmer in thailand need to know algebra???????????
    #6 Nothing we can do about it
    #5 work or starve hmmm tuff choice
    #4 and #3 these are the only ones on the list that can and should be stopped but its impossible
    #2 gotta feed your slave
    #1 the U.S. sends recruiters to high schools

  • faketree78

    @TruthSeeker (76): I don’t get it. In one breath you claim that jihad isn’t holy war but in the next you compare it to the Christian crusades as if you say, ‘hey, look, you guys did it too!’ Somehow you are managing to justify death and killing in your mind leads me to believe that your mind is broken.

  • TruthSeeker

    @faketree78 (83):
    No, im siding with the palestinians.
    And oppose the Zionist forces, if they invaded my country (Scotland) i would be firing rockets at them also.
    But israel target civilians to set an example for other Palestinians.

    You would have to be a messed up individual not to fight for your country.
    And who is the terrorist?
    IDF bombing civilian cities,tanks shelling civilian cities and ground forces killing civilians?
    Or Palestinians killing IDF troops?
    You have to know the answer.

  • TruthSeeker

    @faketree78 (86):
    “your mind is broken”

    This is not about religion it was about Palestine untill religion was brought up.
    Everyone has there own opinion about religion, but everyone forget that every religion has the ‘Jihad’ espect to it.
    And the Christian crusades were ordered by the Catholic church btw.
    The knights believed all there sin would be washed away if they killed every Muslim in the Holy cities.
    Think about that logic.

  • TruthSeeker

    “The Greatest Enemy of Knowledge if NOT Ignorance, It Is The Illusion of Knowledge.”
    – Stephen Hawking

  • faketree78

    @TruthSeeker (84): ‘Zionism is a curse to Humanity, the people who support Zionism are the most evil on the face of this planet (in my opinion)’

    The true evil is anyone who uses their religion to justify killing people of another religion. Your god is not greater than any other god that people of the world believe in. There are no virgins waiting for you in the afterlife and Jerusalem land is no different than land in any other country in the world.

  • tripsyman

    A very hard list to read. Sad to see tempers getting so hot about the palestine / isreali debate. If us adults could talk and discuss the issues without letting our tempers take over maybe this situation would be resolved quicker. Truth be told its the adults behaving like kids that is causing the bombs to fly and the children to be hurt. We need to grow up!

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker:

    First of all, who told you I’m American or for that matter pro-America?

    Second, you coming here bashing Jews and offending religious rights just goes to show that maybe you’re the “slow child”!!

    I see that you are a very sad person who turned his back on his country and went to live in the “West” and the only way you have to prove your loyalty is to come and “spit” shit outta your mouth to people you dont know!

    If you really believe in your cause why arent you back there fighting for it or helping the innocent Palestinian children who die every day cos of IDIOTS like you!!

  • TruthSeeker

    @faketree78 (90):
    Your ignorance makes me laugh.
    You zionists can never hold a debate.
    Always resort to childish name calling, well im not going to lower myself to that level.

    Terrorism is the intentional use or threat to use violence against civilians and non-combatants in order to achieve political goals.

    Thats Zionism.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Travis (92):

    Another internet tough guy lol
    Now i KNOW your american, big dumb lazy americans are all the same.
    Go watch MTV you slow zionist zealot.

    Lets see you talk like that when your begging on your hands and knees after N Korea,China and Russia invade your fascist evil empire known as the United States of America.
    Btw since you dont read history books, all of the countries i just mentioned show NO mercy.

  • TruthSeeker

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our
    demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” (You Gentiles, by
    Jewish Author Maurice Samuels, p. 155).

    And im a native Scot FYI
    Im not an immigrant like most of you americans who think europeans are the american people lol
    What makes me laugh is you call Mexicans “illegal immigrants”

  • Lifeschool

    @TruthSeeker (93): “You zionists can never hold a debate… Always resort to childish name calling, well im not going to lower myself to that level.”

    Is this a joke? I notice quite a few very open comments from folks who can appreciate the bigger picture, tripsyman, faketree, and Travis. But why even debate against such an obvious troll? I’m baffled. This list is nothing to do with terrorism (or any kind of politically manipulated public propaganda)… I personally believe we should get back to the point.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Lifeschool (96):
    Your a joke, look how you react to definite facts.
    Write what you want i dont care, im not the evil zionist killing people over land.
    Now i know God has a sense of humour if he created jokes like YOU.
    your the troll, im 18 and i got a better perspective of reality than comedians like yourself and the other internet gangsters.
    Now since i have better things to do than exchange words with morons who only see words on a screen.Ill be on my way ;)

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker:

    Tough guy? Me? Not really!!
    You!… seem to be the internet tough guy!! Cos the shit you just said about Jews and Americans you would never say it out loud on the street!! Lets see you talk like that??? Come on big boy!

    Besides if you hate the “west” and our culture so much what are you doing on the Internet?… it was developed and marketed by Jews… LOL… silly boy!!

    You’re what us PORTUGUESE call “pulha” which means… you talk the talk but when it comes down to it you’re just a lil wimp who will bend over just so he doesnt have to get hurt!!

    Everyone’s a Hero online!! Why dont you volunteer and go help out the middle east? Scared?

  • rushfan

    @Iain (34): Thanks, Iain, but I’m actually a fan of Rush Limbaugh, not Rush the band. Not sure whether that will improve your opinion of me or not. :)

    I submitted this list some months ago and wasn’t sure it would be published. I was surprised to see it when I opened up the site this morning. You probably notice a pattern in a couple of my lists: documenting suffering. I feel a need to discuss things like this, no matter how difficult it is. I’m always slightly saddened when people respond with comments about how “this example is racist” or “that one is untrue.” These examples are well-documented in the media, and even though some may be left out, it doesn’t negate the validity of the ones listed.
    My beautiful baby daughter just woke up so I have to go and give her a big hug. I hope this day will be full of insightful discussion, and maybe someone will be inspired to help a child in need-whether in their home, their community, or in a country across the globe.

  • Emmelia

    Madrassa (or Madrasah) literally means learning place/school in Arabic, it can be religious or secular (and public or private), if it is any of these, it is usually specified with additional descriptions to Madrasah. Depending on the location of the school, it can effect what is actually being taught there, but really if you are referring to Madrasah in general, it is an Arabic school, in any country, it is not specifically in third world/islamic countries.

  • faketree78

    @Lifeschool (96): You’re right. I realized maybe 5 minutes ago that I’m arguing with a crazy person. I mean, who even uses the word ‘zionists’ except a complete racist nutbag? Sounds like something you’d hear at a Klan rally.

    That being said, this list just adds fuel to the fire of a subject I’m very interested at the moment and that is suffering and how it is explained away in almost every religion despite their gods being ‘all-loving’. I mean really, by the standard definition of God in the Judeo-Christian religions, the fact that the things on this list exist in this world would seem to negate the possibility of there being an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-LOVING God.

    Check out ‘God’s Problem’ by Bart Ehman for an entire book dealing with this issue.

  • Lifeschool

    @Travis (98): Now come on lad, the shows over, nothing to see here.

  • ashleysweet

    i always knew i wanted to work with children…now this list motivated me even more…

  • ashleysweet

    another thing…people in these comments need to get over themselves…no country is better then the other, and this “lazy american” talk needs to stop and you people should actually talk about the LIST. sound good?

  • Iain

    rushfan – Rush Limbaugh??? – are they like a tribute band? Ah well, everyone is entitled to their little eccentricities. Looking at the comments, I think your daughter isn’t the only one who needs a hug.

  • tripsyman

    ^ Well said ashleysweet

  • Lifeschool

    @faketree78 (101): Ahh, a welcome point of view – and one I’d love to have a think about before I go off myself and do summat else. How could God stand for THIS!, is the (often rhetorical) question. To follow your own train of though – if your God was all-loving, why whouldn’t God love us no-matter how much we lie, cheat, abuse and steal? It’s all the same to God. There are very few laws in the higher dimentions but the Law of Free Will seems to pervade. Yes, we are free to do whatever we consider appropriate – even if that thing is to harm others physically (or verbally ;) . The life-force is not active in the way we Human think of ‘activity’ – and works in non-direct ways. Perhaps I could think about it like this… for every human willing to commit harm, there has always been an equal or greater force operating for harmlessness. In this way we can see a very small minority advocate war, while the vast majority implore peace. Perhaps God works though all of us…

    Right, that me outta here – nice to see your thoughts Rushfan. Excuso.

  • oouchan

    Crap…I missed the troll show. :)
    Apparently TruthSeeker was more interested in going on abour war than children being abused and mistreated. Reason number one why it’s still going on…people like that who have zero sympathy for others and only look out for themselves. Sad. Similar to JJ’s comment @85 as well.

    faketree78 / Travis / Lifeschool: Good form. :D

    I saw a post above that talked about the age one should be considered as an adult. The post put the age at 14. If that is the case then the age of consent would be at that age. My child is 13…and I say HELL NO to that concept. Who in their right mind would want to sleep with a 14 year old other than a sick f**k? Cause that is what you would be if you think that is correct.
    Comments like that is what gets me so upset. We are to protect children not look for a way to get around the system for your sick f**king fantasies.

    I amend my earlier statement about skinning alive. I think now that slow torture followed by buring at the stake sounds better.

  • archangel

    Gee, way to ruin the list with your political debates and ramblings.

    To end it all… Jihad does mean a struggle. In Islam the majority of people have an ‘inner war’ against evil. Only some people actually use Jihad’s more agressive form.

    While number 10. does exhibit bias, it only does so if we bias it ourselves. So be smart and don’t make it show bias. Yes, some Israelis do indoctrinate their children to hate Palestinians, and vice versa. It happens everywhere, in different forms. It’s a global problem.

    Now back to the list, I’m glad someone put this list up… It bothers me a lot that as an intelligent species, our kind is still capable of inflicting suffering upon others – particularly children (be that through ignorance, direct infliction, or simply tacitly).

  • nuriko

    this list breaks my heart! :(

  • JAB

    A well-executed list and horrifying in nature, but I’m very surprised and not a little concerned that nowhere on it is abortion mentioned.

  • Chineapplepunk

    Good of you to put an informative list out there!!!

    And for everyone who thinks they’re in Palestine right now, can you just shut up and stop making the comments a misery, please? This is why wars carry on… You’re all like ‘muslims this’ and ‘jews that’. Just shut up!!! Jeez

  • sc

    I think #10 is unnecessarily biased toward Muslim groups, but anti-semitism in the guise of anti-Zionism is not particularly helpful. There are horrible extremists of every stripe – the key word is extremist. Not every Jew is a Zionist, not every Muslim is an Islamist, not every Christian is a bigot.

    A glaring example of violence through indoctrination not solely linked to Islam is The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda (and southern Sudan). For almost 20 years now, thy have been abducting children as young as 8 and turning them into child soldiers. They identify deeply with the 10 Commandments (how they rectify their actions with ‘thou shalt not murder’, I’m not sure…).

    I also think it’s important to mention something that wasn’t listed, though it’s not indoctrination, per se: the US Government routinely stole American Indian children from their families and placed them in boarding schools, where they were beaten (or worse) for speaking their own language or practicing their religion. This wasn’t just “Wild West” stuff, either – we’re talking as recently as the 1960s.

  • Enigma

    Has anyone seen those Israeli children decorating Israeli missiles intended to be fired at, as it usually happens, civilians? Oh I forgot. Israel is a democratic state that respects human rights, not like the terrorists Palestinians who indoctrinate their children.

    I don’t think Palestinian children need any indoctrination from their parents or for that matter, from anyone. The environment they live; the criminal actions of the zionists is more than enough to indoctrinate them.

  • Moloch1123

    Truthseeker – I have read through this list, and of everyone, you have consistently been the most ignorant, the most biased, and the individual most full of vitriol and hate for one group over any other. It is because of people like you that people fear Arabs, and it is because of people like you that people refuse to open their minds to something different. Why should we do such a thing, when you wear your worthlessness on your sleeve like that?

    Before you go sputtering and fuming at me though, bear in mind, I have Arab friends… I know Muslims, both here in America and abroad in the Middle East. I have heard both sides of the story, and would you like to hear the TRUTH of the matter?

    If the Palestinians would stop insisting on behaving like spoiled children who aren’t getting what they want, then none of this would be happening.

    Was the way that Israel got their land fair? Not really, but they have it now, and by international sanction. So, fighting them is pointless. What has it garnered the Palestinian people? Nothing. You speak of Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people. What genocide? Practically every attack on Palestine was either in retaliation(which I will say I do not agree with, however I am not an Israeli citizen and have no say), or in self-defense.

    Guess what this means TS. It means that the only nation practicing genocide against the Palestinian people is the Palestinian people.

    Take note of the fact that Israel opened the borders, with checkpoints, so that Palestinians who wanted to work, and could obtain proper documentation, could do so. They only closed those checkpoints in response to PALESTINIAN acts of violence.

    On top of all of this, you say that you are eighteen. Young man, I was watching Palestinians throwing rocks at tanks on the news with my dad before you were born. I grew up in a household where getting all of the available information was encouraged, and where debate was practiced. So why don’t you just calm down, let go of all that vitriol in your blood, and see things from others’ perspectives for a change.

    Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance, or at least that’s the claim. You have done Islam a grave disservice with your words today. Will you rectify that through your actions… or will you compound your folly with yet more hatred aimed at someone who merely tried to help you find your way again?

    Now then, where’s Randall when you need him, lol?

  • faketree78

    @JAB (111): Hmmmm, let me see. Maybe because this list is about children, not undeveloped fetuses.

    More freakin’ politics!!!

  • Jay Poe

    There comes a time, when we hear a certain call
    When the world must come together as one
    There are people dying
    And it’s time to lend a hand to life
    The greatest gift of all

    We can’t go on pretending day by day
    That someone, somewhere will soon make change
    We are all a part of God’s great big family
    And the truth you know
    Love is all we need

    We are the world, we are the children
    We are the ones who make a brighter day
    So let’s start giving
    There’s a choice we’re making
    We’re saving our own lives
    It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me

    Send them your heart so they’ll know that someone cares
    And their lives will be stronger and free.
    As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
    And so we all must lend a helping hand

    When you’re down and out, there seems no hope at all
    But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall
    Let us realize that a change can only come
    When we stand together as one.

  • JAB

    @faketree78 (116): I’m not going to argue with you, but you seem to have forgotten that this whole list has EVERYTHING to do with “freakin’ politics.”

  • TruthSeeker

    “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” Chairman Heilbrun
    of the Committee for the Reelection
    of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

    “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” Rabbi
    Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 [Source:
    N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1]

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our
    demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” (You Gentiles, by
    Jewish Author Maurice Samuels, p. 155).

    In there own words, yet i am biased and ignorant.
    im not here talking about Islam that was another individual who brought that to the table.
    Im only a voice of the Palestians who are suffering inhuman atrocities each day,Palestinians are Christian too so religion is irrelevant.Zionism is a politicol ideology since not only Jews are Zionist you still have Zionists of any background regardless of religion.
    And to moloch1123 your the epitome of ignorant.

  • TruthSeeker

    [email protected] (115):
    Im not the one calling others “asshole!!!!!”
    You should direct that at that nutcase.

  • Travis

    I believe the children are our future
    Teach them well and let them lead the way
    Show them all the beauty they possess inside
    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
    Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be…

  • TruthSeeker

    The only thing i talked about Islam was the definition of Jihad so pipe down yourself and stop manipulating my words.

  • Travis

    @ TruthSeeker:
    This song was for you!! You need love in your heart!!

  • _goreegal

    to randomness – what education do u have to show that u really understand the brain of a child. Did u know that a child’s brain is not fully developed till the age of 25. Geography doesn’t change the brain growth .. neither does culture.
    Having known scores of children .. I would not trust someone of that young age (14/15) no matter where in the world they reside… to make any life altering decisions.

  • undaunted warrior

    Great list rushfan, the list started off so well, its a pity its turned into a political slinging match.

    @ oouchan 1 Im quite a hand at sharpening knives, count me in.

  • TruthSeeker

    [email protected] (123):
    You sure like to demonize people.
    Remember im the one supporting life rather ending it.

  • 7raul7

    Here, Travis. We (or rather, most of us muslims) never claim that palestinians haven’t killed a single jew in the history of their struggle, but lets get down to the facts. Can you, sanely, compare the atrocities commited by the Israelis to the (alleged) atrocities commited by the palestinians. As another respectable muslim (…) brother just pointed out, they have commited around 50 massacres of completely innocent children. Those children then grow up with the scars inflicted by Israeli occupation armies or the IDF, & become directors, producers, writers etc etc. How then, in a proper state of mind, do you expect them to show love towards Israelis? Really, it boggles me how the real topic was just ignored & 2 LVers came down to petty name calling & fighting.

    @116 (moloch 1123) Congratulations, you have just won the award for being the most ignorant person on the planet. My hearty congrats to you.

    What you just said was so fucking stupid that i had to read it twice. Hmm, if the Palestinian struggle for re-acquiring their land yielded no results, they should keep quiet. Wow, just WOW. So, if someone came & just told you get the fuck outta your house so that they, without your permission, could build a house on your land, you would, most likely, tell them that since they are too powerful for you, you won’t resist & yes, please come in & take my land because I don’t dare stand up against you. Yes, thats the apex of stupidity. As for your claim that all their massacres where in retaliation, kid, learn & then come & talk in a public debate.

  • Rascalian

    as a bonus you should have had kids that are guilted/coerced/forced to play the sports that their parents failed at so that they can get their sick vicarious rocks off.

  • TruthSeeker

    @7raul7 (127):
    Well said akhi.

  • ericrod

    Good job on getting tears outta everyone here Rushfan.

    Well i got two little ones and everyday i bust my ass working to try to get them everything i didnt have and i tell my wife not to work so that they could have her by their side to take care of them and keep them straight. Oh yeah and Ooochan i’ll help with the skinning it sounds fun and then smash a rock on their face just for fun after.

  • Alok

    what a sad world we live in

  • EinsteinGuy

    This is a very disturbing list, I can’t believe this kind of stuff is happening to children worldwide. And I agree with undauntedwarrior, why is there always a freaking political debate?

  • TruthSeeker

    @EinsteinGuy (132):
    You dont live up to your title.

  • EinsteinGuy

    @TruthSeeker (133): What. It’s just a name.

  • Randall

    @Moloch1123 (115) and Truthseeker:

    Randall generally stays out of this debate, because the fact is that BOTH the Israelis and the Palestinians have, at various times, behaved monstrously, stupidly, and criminally.

    It’s despicable how both sides seem more interested in maintaining—even encouraging—the hate between them than in trying to end it.

    Truthseeker “supporting life”? Rubbish. Your words clearly indicate otherwise. You must have typed “Zionist” a hundred times in your successive rants here. Rationality obviously, therefore, eludes you.

    On the other hand, is Zionism real? Of course it’s real. There was NO REASON for Israel to allow new settlements on land which should have been off limits to said settlements. But clearly there are people in Israel who don’t give a damn about trying to play it fair and decent with the Palestinians. Do the Israelis commit atrocities against the Palestinians? Sure they do, and have. The Palestinians respond in kind, then the Israelis respond in kind. And so it goes. Who started it? Who cares. It goes on and on, and neither side seems truly interested in stopping it. They’d rather educate their children to hate and murder the enemy. They’d rather roll into settlements with tanks and guns. They’d rather blow themselves up in stupid, useless acts of mindless violence.

    Arabs, including the Palestinians, love to play the perennial victim; it’s always *someone else’s fault* that their lives are miserable and wretched—America’s, or the West in general, or the Israelis, or what have you. It never occurs to them that they are responsible for what they do and say, and that to take their hatred down a notch or two might lead them somewhere other than just more victimization.

    Similarly, the Israelis seem more interested in a perennial game of peeing on their land to establish their dominance of the territory—destroying and ravaging in order to make a point, to “strike back” and so on… perhaps sometimes for justified reasons but more often than not simply to perpetuate the game. And the game is one of unending violence.

    When Israel does hold a hand out, it gets slapped away and attacked—and when the Palestinians DO behave more reasonably, they end up cheated out of the agreements that were made to convince them to ACT thus more reasonably.

    Both sides are sickening and miserable… and I’d almost say they deserve each other.

    But how much of this is OUR fault in the US, I often wonder. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is largely a product of two things: the outmoded and misery-creating doctrine of Nationalism, which insisted that the Jews MUST have a nation of their own—understandable, of course, given what had just been done to them during WWII, in the Holocaust—but a backward step on every other front if you ask me, since we had just FOUGHT that goddamn war to put an END to monstrous forms of nationalism. And the other factor was the Cold War itself, which pitted one half of the world against the other and LED to little hotspots of surrogate violence like the Middle East and in particular Israel/Palestine.

    The US is not wholly responsible, but it helped make the mess. But for the life of me I don’t know how the hell we even begin to help clean it up. The two sides of it are so filled with vitriol and hate that they spend most of their time not even thinking, let alone behaving, like human beings.

    Putting guns and bombs in the hands of children, and teaching them to hate—HOWEVER UNDERSTANDABLE it may sometimes seem—is BARBARIC and MONSTROUS. It’s like putting a gun to one’s own head and pulling the trigger again and again and again and again….

    On the other hand, I have long wanted my government to stop kissing up to the Israelis and to sincerly pressure them to STOP this unending conflict in as much as it is in their power to do so. But perhaps it’s past the point where even pressure from the US would really change anything. I don’t know. I find it hard to think about the entire mess too much. It only depresses me and fills me with revulsion and disgust.

  • EinsteinGuy

    I’m hating the fact that there’s always a mud-slinging debate on every list I read. Peace.

  • stevenh

    whenever there is a war, there are war crimes. This is a very sad truth.

    that being said, one should understand that while islam claims to be a religion of peace, there have been 13,459 islamic terrorist attacks since sept. 11th 2001. of course, since most of these attacks were against fellow muslims, no one really notices. that and the fact that these attacks are so commonplace, it’s hardly newsworthy anymore.

    to the defenders of islam: stop whining about injustices and how naughty the other side may be, but rather shout from every mosque that murder is never justifiable.

    the only voice of islamic sanity that i can recall is wafa sultan who wrote: “The trouble with Islam is deeply rooted in its teachings. Islam is not only a religion. Islam [is] also a political ideology that preaches violence and applies its agenda by force.”


  • TruthSeeker

    @EinsteinGuy (134):

  • EinsteinGuy

    I agree with Randall. I’d rather stay out of the debate, too.

  • TruthSeeker

    @stevenh (137):
    Hilarious how you always sperate Islam from all other religions.

  • stevenh

    @TruthSeeker (140):
    hilarious how you know what i “always” do.

    your extensive knowledge must be based on your having read about 20 months of comments that i have been posting to this site. i will state publicly, here and now, that knowing of your research into my psyche and beliefs prior to posting #140, i admire your perseverance and diligence in finding the truth.

    or could i possibly be wrong? could it be that you have made your comment based on limited knowledge and no research into my beliefs? could it be, in fact, that all of your comments are just as shallow?

    nah, that would be too easy.

  • Pickle


  • Gauldar

    The great thing about killing in the name of a god is that.

    1) You don’t have to clame responcibility for your actions.

    2) After life pension plan.

    3) You know that your beleif system is the correct one so your actions are just.

    4) You can’t kill a god to stop him from giving orders because he doesn’t exist.

  • JK the Fifth

    Don’t forget that some people kidnap children and then sell their organs.

    And also, being an orphan is one of the worst things that could happen to a child, IMO.

    Dont get me wrong, but it pisses me off when people (especially those not living in poor countries) whine about how they dont have money or luxurious cars and homes, or how they didn’t have the best toys when they were kids; come on now, have a moment and think about these people; these children dont even have a childhood!

    Whenever I sit in front of my computer, in a comfy chair, in my home, I feel very fortunate.

  • oouchan

    @Pickle (142): Less caffeine will do wonders. No need to shout. Many people already commented that they do help children…myself included. Sadly others just don’t.

    But even if we help by educating others….then we are still helping.

  • Skrillah

    @ 142 Pickle… It would really help the cause if you donate that 50 bucks to a charity.

  • Adam

    I don’t see how everybody is so outrageously biased against the Palestines. I mean before 1947 an Israeli state didn’t even exist. What the Israelis have done to Palestine from then till now is nothing short of a bloody invasion. I can feel the Palestinian hatred in my heart.

    It’s Israel’s fault that the region has come to this mess now. You don’t just move in into a fully sovereign country uninvited. That kinda stuff leads to trouble. For the purpose of being impartial, when mentioning the atrocities of the Palestines, also point out the many bloody massacres Israel has carried out.

  • undaunted warrior

    @ stevenh – 141 well commented

    @ Pickle – 142 – read the entire list and then add up what you owe the List verses.

  • TruthSeeker

    @Adam (146):
    So simple, yet alot of people find so hard to understand.

  • sof

    Pickle: Cut the self-righteous bullshit.

  • Essylu

    “Palestinian children are taught to hate Jews, to glorify “jihad” (holy war), violence, death and child martyrdom almost from birth, as an essential part of their culture and destiny.”

    Yeah, right.

  • boomshine87

    Why do third world countries keep having children??

    It would be cheaper for us to give them lots of condoms, instead of bailing them out of financial crises, and sending them food, blankets etc.

  • Randall

    @TruthSeeker (148):

    Read my post at #135.

  • sof

    I don’t see why people feel the need to side with one or the other in the Israel/Palestine conflict. BOTH sides have done wrong, and BOTH sides have been wronged. Personally, my support lies with the innocent civilians who are caught in the middle of the conflict, Palestinian and Israeli alike, as it’s the leaders of each respective group that are to blame for what is happening.

  • Randall

    @Adam (146):

    Palestine was not ever, technically, a sovereign state, Adam. It was a British Mandate territory.

  • Jenn

    Very sobering list. I once read a book about how Nepal girls are sold to the India Red Light District. It was called Sold. IT was a very sad book, but really opened my eyes to what’s happening around the world with children, and how lucky I am. Someday, when I’m old enough, I wish to adopt at least one child that wouldn’t have a good life otherwise. thank you for this list!

  • zuh.

    @Pickle (142):

    STFU – i haven’t just ‘considered’…i actually HAVE.

  • faketree78

    @boomshine87 (151): So only people in highly industrialized countries should be able to procreate? There are so many things wrong with that idea that I can’t even begin to bring them up.

  • enigma

    What happened to cymraebachen87? anyone know?

  • faketree78

    @TruthSeeker (148): “Because no other peoples had ever established a national homeland in “Palestine” since the Jews had done it 2,000 years before, the British “looked favorably” upon the creation of a Jewish National Homeland throughout ALL of Palestine. The Jews had already begun mass immigration into Palestine in the 1880’s in an effort to rid the land of swamps and malaria and prepare for the rebirth of Israel. This Jewish effort to revitalize the land attracted an equally large immigration of Arabs from neighboring areas who were drawn by employment opportunities and healthier living conditions. There was never any attempt to “rid” the area of what few indigenous Arabs there were or those Arab masses that immigrated into this area along with the Jews! “

  • enigma

    You should only procreate if you can financially and physically/emotionally take care of your kids. If you can’t you should not bring innocent babies into a life of hell. No matter what country you are from.

  • Enigma

    Adam, it is OK dear. Most of the commentators here are from the west, mostly from the US so there is no surprise about the comments.

    But what amazes me is that we Muslims are always accused of being filled with hate, that we are always wrong and the other sides is always right and full of love that we refuse. Reading the comments here, well need I say more then?

    Granted, we Muslims are full of hatred but for a reason, and we don’t hate any two-legged creature that is not a Muslim.

    After WWII, a war that killed millions of civilians, instead of making the world a better place and learning the lessons from that destructive war and sowing the seeds of peace, the west embarked on a destructive and murderous spree. Before even the millions of civilians killed, some deliberately, were buried, they were already continuing their colonisation of the whole world, raping the countries of its resources and murdering those who resisted them. Then they planted, most regrettably, the zionists that we Muslims had nothing to do with their murder. Of course, we are always wrong.

    Ever wondered why this so-called terrorism only started almost exclusively in the last 3 decades. Ever wondered why Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hizbullah are all, yes ALL, 80s organisations. Ever wondered why there are no attacks in Switzerland or the many other countries around the world.

    The world will never be a perfect placed because it is inhabited by imperfect beings but it can defintiely be bettered to make it a more peaceful place than the mess we live in today. If only.

  • ABrutalKind

    I have followed the Israeli Palestinian “war” for that past few years with great interest. I have to agree with Randall and others that the fault lies with both sides equally. As Gandhi famously said “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” and that is what is happening over there, simple retaliation over and over again. My big grievance with all of it is that the Palestinian side is almost never reported, at least here in the USA. You never hear their side of it. They are always the terrorists and never the victims when quite often, especially recently they have been. (see the blockade of the gaza strip for more) I understand that the Palestinians need to stop reacting with violence but the western world also needs to see the crimes that Israel has committed against the Palestinians.
    As a so called “democracy” Israel needs to step up and st

  • ABrutalKind

    I have followed the Israeli Palestinian “war” for that past few years with great interest. I have to agree with Randall and others that the fault lies with both sides equally. As Gandhi famously said “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” and that is what is happening over there, simple retaliation over and over again. My big grievance with all of it is that the Palestinian side is almost never reported, at least here in the USA. You never hear their side of it. They are always the terrorists and never the victims when quite often, especially recently they have been. (see the blockade of the gaza strip for more) I understand that the Palestinians need to stop reacting with violence but the western world also needs to see the crimes that Israel has committed against the Palestinians.
    As a so called “democracy” Israel needs to step up and stop violating international law and the Geneva conventions.

  • ABrutalKind

    crap double post stupid computer. Hey Mom can you delete that first one for me.

  • Rosa

    Very interesting list.
    I know I will be hated for this, but I rather dislike children. I am not a children’s person at all.
    However, I do believe that anyone who harms a child has a special place in Hell reserved just for them.

  • ericrod

    Well Rosa if you dont like kids dont make any and you’ll be good. But for the rest of dumb people here this is not a list on muslims or palestinians war its about the world in general so stop making stupid coments on how your the victim or not it doesn’t matter no one is really paying attention to any of that shit. GET OVER IT!!!!!!!

  • Mabel

    Those pictures are just heartbreaking, as are the statistics. Kudos on a very thought-provoking list, rushfan.

  • Teek

    Apparently people don’t understand that having kids is NOT a good thing in this day in age.
    I can’t imagine the thought process here. “wow, I see all these horrible things happening to children where I live, wouldn’t it be great if I had one?”

  • Randall

    @Enigma (161):

    It’s interesting that you make your final statement about making the world a better and more peaceful place after a comment which is rather brimming with vitriol. I’d be sincerely interested to hear, then, what you recommend ought to happen in the world, in order to make it a “better” and more peaceful place. One suspects that you’d say, if you were honest, that you’d like to see the West generally and the US specifically get its comeuppance—but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt on that and wait to hear what you have to say.

    “Granted, we Muslims are full of hatred but for a reason,”

    So in the same breath that you make a seemingly indigant comment about Muslims being unfairly regarded as being “full of hate,” you then turn around and admit that they are just that.

    And of course, those who are consumed with hatred will always attempt to excuse their hatred by claiming that they “have reasons.”

    This is more what I was talking about earlier. A consistent habit amongst Arabs in general to play the victim. Now, it isn’t that Arabs haven’t BEEN the victim on many occasions—but after a time it becomes habit to always assume that one is a victim and to fail, then, to take responsiblity for oneself or one’s people, because it is, after all, always “someone else’s” fault.

    No, Enigma—Arabs do NOT have “reasons” to be filled with hatred (if in fact they are, which I do not believe). They have, that is, no MORE reason to feel hatred than any other group of people on earth.

    “After WWII, a war that killed millions of civilians, instead of making the world a better place and learning the lessons from that destructive war and sowing the seeds of peace, the west embarked on a destructive and murderous spree.”

    This is a distortion of facts and history. In truth, the West embarked on a Cold War with the able assistance of an enemy in the East that wanted that Cold War just as badly as the West did in defensive terms. Did the rest of the world suffer? Yes. But let’s not blame it on the West alone.

    Moreover, let’s not also gloss over the fact that a great deal DID change in the post-war world. There WAS a pressure placed on the old western powers to de-colonize—a pressure LARGELY applied by the United States, by the way—and that de-colonization did occur. Of course, given the exigencies of the Cold War, this just meant that the Third World traded colonialism for the interventionism of East and West and the behind-the-scenes manipulation by both powers—but again, this can hardly be said to be the “fault” exclusively, of the West or the United States.

    “Then they planted, most regrettably, the zionists that we Muslims had nothing to do with their murder. Of course, we are always wrong.”

    Can we stop throwing the term “Zionist” around all the time, to begin with? There are Zionists in the world, yes. But not all Israelis are “zionist” and not all those who support Israel are zionist or zionist-sympathizers.

    Next, clarity demands that this be corrected: The west did not “plant” the Jews in Israel… there was, in fact, a large population of them in Palestine already, and had been since at least the late 19th century. Now, yes–sympathizing with the plight of the Jews (finally) AND wishing for a bulwark against the spread of Communism in the Middle East (which was paranoid of us) the West, after some disagreement, allowed the creation of the state of Israel and eventually even encouraged it. Policy clumsiness or deliberate conspiracy? The answer is clumsiness, Enigma. There’s no excuse for this, and I offer none. I personally believe it was something of a regrettable error.

    But what now, after all this time? What is your recommendation for ending it? The destruction of Israel? Hardly peaceful or a “betterment.” Perhaps, instead, ALL sides in this conflict could take some responsibility and STOP the hatred and violence. There ought to be a Palestinian state, and Israel ought to be allowed its existence. But of course as well know it is not that simple and never will be. Sadly.

    “Ever wondered why this so-called terrorism only started almost exclusively in the last 3 decades. Ever wondered why Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hizbullah are all, yes ALL, 80s organisations.”

    In point of fact, each one of these follows on the heels of far older terrorist organizations that have existed in the Middle East—as well as other parts of the world–since at least the 1940s, Enigma. Your knowledge of history is clearly faulty. These organizations THEMSELVES may have more recent context, but their roots are far older.

    “The world will never be a perfect placed because it is inhabited by imperfect beings but it can defintiely be bettered to make it a more peaceful place than the mess we live in today. If only.”

    And again, I’d be interested to hear what your ideas are for this.

  • Anne

    The direction these comments went in have really taken away from meaning of this list.

    As someone who was abused in several ways as a child, and who has seen many other children suffer, it makes me really sad. It seems like you guys aren’t taking it seriously, to be honest.

  • stevenh

    @ABrutalKind (162):
    @Adam (146):
    @Enigma (161):

    i very rarely describe my personal history on this site, but the appalling ignorance displayed here prompts me.

    i have been on both sides of the israeli – arab border (israel, jordan and egypt), lived there during active wartime (the october 1973 war) and have carried a gun in the performance of my duties (though, thankfully, not into combat). while that does not make me an expert, i do have more than a passing interest in these matters.

    both sides of this conflict have done some rather bad things.

    just one fundamental difference (of many): it is the stated policy of the ‘freely elected’ palestinian governing organization to aid, abet and endorse terrorist activities such as sending random rockets into civilian zones, throwing political rivals off of roofs, and suicide bombings.

    only when there is a palestinian public commission investigating into their own government involvement of suicide bombings (like mai lai in the usa or the kahan commission investigating sabra/shatila in israel) will the palestinians be ready to join the community of nations.

    failing that, at least do not justify the celebration of violence as identified in item 10 of this list.

    btw: please do not assume my biological or political heritage. you may just find yourself sadly mistaken.

  • teacherguy2003

    wow… lot of controversy with this list. I’ve been a teacher for a long time now, I’ve seen the death, drug abuse and neglect, but this stuff beats all. I’m not going to comment on the ongoing debate too much, but all I am to ask is this, and I hope it changes this ongoing thread: despite all your rhetoric, everybody, what do YOU do today that is good for this world, and children?

  • BooRadley

    This has been said earlier on this comments list, but I’ll say it again. Why don’t we take the Israeli/Palestinian argument to the forums, so we can focus on the list itself. It is about issues facing children worldwide, and I think (IMHO) that we need to focus on that and on ways that we can help to bring about change.

    My problem is that we have to be very careful about WHERE we send money, clothing, food, etc. A lot of what we send never makes it to the intended program. Does anyone here know of any good, responsible programs that manage to get money and goods directly to the people in need rather than to the people causing the problems in the first place?

    Whlie we were in Namibia, we stayed with a couple who work with the children of the village, running a school and a job training facility. I send supplies, even clothing, directly to them. I don’t know if they want me to broadcast their name and address on the internet, but I will find out.

    What about Save the Children, UNICEF, Christian Children’s Fund or any other organization? Does anyone know their records as far as how much actually reaches the children?

    I know, unfortunately, that a lot of food and clothing drops meant for refugee camps are intercepted by the villains in control and are never seen by the refugees. There is a lot of evil going on in the world. I believe that there can also be a lot of good going on, but we need to be smart about it.

    So, is there anyone with reliable information about which charities we can help?

  • EinsteinGuy

    I’ll stay out of the debate, and, I would like to donate to a charity to help these children. This horrible stuff shouldn’t happen.

  • EinsteinGuy

    I agree with Boo Radley. Leave the Israeli-Palestian debate out of the comments, and just keep the comments focused on the list itself.

  • zuh.

    @Teek (168):

    nice. as much as i love children, i agree…they may as well NOT be brought into the world if they are simply going to suffer.

    there is a debate about whether or not to abort a fetus if it’s detected early on that they will be born with a terrible birth defect. i don’t mean something like down syndome, even though i certainly DO imagine some parents would do such a thing (if mothers are willing to toss a perfectly normal newborn into a dumpster, then a baby with down syndrome would be a monstrosity to some). there is a birth defect (i forget what it’s called) in which the baby has an incomplete cranium and lacks part of their brain or the whole brain entirely. when born, they are unable to feel love and really sense much of anything. they seizure for the few hours they’re alive. some people may feel every baby needs a chance of life, but why bring a baby into the world if it hardly is able to live a life at all, watching it suffer until it dies a few hours later?

    i have a wonderful son in preschool and another on the way, and i couldn’t image loving anything more. i’m not saying the world i brought them into is the best world as it’s far from it, knowing that these sort of things are allowed to happen, but i’d give them the best of everything i am capable of giving (well, without spoiling them of course). makes me sick that children are treated this way.

    dumpster babies, that’s another one…

  • FaiR

    a great list..but no.10 has made a great argument here, do you know why?because its reformed in a wrong way..the one who wrote it sounds as an islam-hater even if he/she doesnt mean it. Secondly, i love in the middle east and there is nothing like what you mentioned in point no.10, yes we have been taught when we were children that palestine is our rightful land, but we have been taught also that islam strongly forbids the murder of children, woman, unarmed men, and elderly. and the funniest thing is six months ago,1300 palestinians were massacred in gaza, 600 of them were children and all 1300 were civilians, forbidden weapons were used, mosques and UN schools were bombed, white sulfur was used, DIME bombs were used(bombs that cause cancer by time).I saw the parents cry over their dead children but I cant see it in this list.

    one last thing, if both israelis and palestinians are mistaken then be fair and mention both of them.

  • Randall

    I agree with those that say let’s end this Israel/Palestine debate–it isn’t appropriate here. And after I said I wouldn’t involve myself in it, there I was doing just that.

    So sorry to everyone for that, and I’m in full agreement—let’s keep this on topic for once.

  • EinsteinGuy

    Agreed Randall.

  • James

    GO ISRAEL!!!

  • segues

    This list made me cry, and made me want to vomit at the same time. Everything I would have said has already been said, and my beliefs about my children, and children in general, are well known. I need to add nothing except, perhaps this; those who perform these atrocious acts on the only true innocents on this planet, ought to be, as @oouchan (1): suggested, skinned alive; flayed, salting the wounds as they appear.
    No, I’m no kidding. I’m perfectly honest and rational about this.
    Children are precious and fragile. They are full of innocence and love and trust.
    So, yes. To those who abuse that, no punishment is enough.

  • Enigma

    @ Randal, I am itching to respond to you but I agree with others that this is not the right place to start the Palestinian/Israeli debate. So let us keep to that for now.

  • zuh.

    @segues (181):

    it’s a shame that these people start off as children too. =(

  • Enigma

    @ Randall, just thought I would point out that I am not an Arab but just a Muslim. Arabs just make about 20% of the Muslim population and not all Arabs are Muslims.

  • tripsyman

    I am amazed that people can hijack a list about children suffering to push their beliefs on us.

    The world is a scary place for our kids and i include the “developed” countries. For all our advances it seems we are as barbaric as ever – if not more so.

  • zigra


    I know that CCF (soon to be ChildFund) and Save the Children both have EXCELLENT ratings as far as low administrative costs (less than 10% of donations) and a high percent of money going to the child.

    Great list, Rushfan, I would have liked to have seen “infectious disease” as it’s own heading, but certainly it was not ignored completely.

  • Jay Poe

    @186: That’s how a lot of the comment sections turn out. People often argue and push their beliefs and views while often going off on a tangent. It’s something you have to expect.

  • zigra

    or, if you don’t want to just trust me, there are lots of charity watchdog groups out there: Charity Navigator, American Institute of Philanthropy, and others.

  • Mat

    Indeed, I’m amazed at the level of stupid of some of the comments =/

    The world’s scary for all of us.Its really sad that all the things listed above will never ever be eliminated or reduced to, I suppose, a negligible amount (man, using the term negligible amount when talking about abuse makes me sound like an ass)

  • I just wanted to quickly say: “stick to the facts” :) Debate away but do stick to facts and don’t insult each other.

  • economicism

    This is a great read! There are two areas that we really focus on which you have highlighted; influence and education. Children no matter what part of the world need to see life as accomplishment. All too often children in poverty stricken nations are faced with the brutal choice of eating or death and most have little hope. It is so tragic that these things take place but there are so many things in place, as the Microfinance community strives to even the score.

    Our goal is help adults establish a sustainable income so they are more easily able to care for their children. Food, water and clothing are crucial but to truly end global poverty people need to have resources and education that empowers them to do more than just sustain doubt.

    Through education in how to save, manage and make money combined with opportunities to accomplish that education, Economicism and other amazing Microfinance groups are establishing life skills that ultimately will change the future of so many children.

    You can check us out at for more information. Grab a t-shirt and we will give $12.32 for every one se send.

  • ringtailroxy

    i lost interest in the posts after 125…

    i’m staying out of the Isreali/Palastinian argument…because, well, i know very little about it. that’s the way it is sometimes…a holy war & clannish scuffles a half a world away just don’t interest me very much. and after what i’ve read here, i’m even more confused.

    rushfan, as all your lists are, this was poignant & thought-provoking. i am well aware of the long term damages of mental abuse & neglect. i wish you had added something about children being wards of the state, being bounced form foster home to foster home, never having stability-that affects the psyche as well. (trust me, i know)


  • mereology

    Ive been had my daily list from listverse for over a year now and have never made a comment before – but then have also never cried while reading a list before,(so forgive if i ramble but nerves and emotions are a factor!)

    I cried for a couple of reasons for the children who have been through it, are going through it and those who are yet to suffer from it.

    What saddens me is that despite the activists, the support groups, the government agencies and public out cries, there is no end to it, to any of it, there will allways be the pervert to be satisfied, the zealot, the peadophile, the war to be fought the cheap labour to be sought and the innocent child who will suffer, its almost a list of: sick things at least one child will suffer from till the end of time.

    Its not just a list of how many millions of children suffer different crulties but a list of how dire our world has become and how accepting society actually is of facts like these.

    We are all morally outraged and disgusted that such things happen but we will all, and indeed have to go about or lives tomorrow remembering the stats but accepting that it goes on and theres nothing more then giving to a charity and trusting in the systems in place that we can do about it and i think maybe that its the understanding and frustration of that that upsets me the most.

    Well done Rushfan for the most emocative list ive ever read on here.

  • Jay Poe

    Good list rushfan. There are definitely monsters in this world. Makes you think twice about complaining about something in your life when it can be 100x worst. The stuff most people take for granted…

  • Greg

    for # 10, i think you should put the fundamentalist interpretation of a jihad, for a jihad is a “holy war” in the respect that it’s an internal struggle between faith and evil in traditional islam, but fundamentalists use a more violent interpretation. I’m not saying regular muslims are any less irrational and intolerant and downright insane as regular chrsitians or fundamentalists of any creed, but, you may want to fix that commonly made error. Other than that, awesome list.

  • DiscHuker

    boo: i personally know the man behind the charity

    it’s goal is to end the child sex slave trade by helping these girls out of slavery and helping them transition to a life of freedom.

    i recommend them highly.

  • alexman

    hate to sound souless here but people, including children, need to die en masse through war,nature and disease or the world would be incredibly overcrowded killing the earth or leading humanity to go even crazier and kill masses of people in a shorter, more violent period of time.

    children are awesome but like everyone else they have to suffer from time to time

  • Jay Poe

    @alexman (199): All I can say is….wow.

  • 1rosex

    So what are we going to do about it?

  • Nicosia

    A really good charity is Feed the Children.

  • sami

    This entire Palestine/Israel argument is rather sickening. It’s pretty atrocious how both sides are just hating on the other without listening to the core of the issues on this list -the treatment of children. Look, I’m Muslim too, and I do find that #10 is a little biased, but that bias is overshadowed by the terrible situations these children are in. I’ve volunteered on a yearly basis with UNICEF, Amnesty International, and other organizations since my freshman year in high school (about five years ago now) and I’ve seen what these children go through. It’s plain awful. The child trafficking is so common. I was born in the US but my parents are from Bangladesh and they told me stories about really poor people selling off their children and people being abducted from the streets in broad daylight. It’s a common occurance and unfortunately, it’s not something that can be stopped easily because the law in certain countries is corrupt and there are too many loopholes.

    As for the Palestinians teaching their children to hate Jews, it’s true. But the Israeli are also teaching their children to hate Muslims. Like it was mentioned earlier, both sides are equally at fault. Well, if you go down to the very core of this problem, the US/UK is really at fault for promising people land that they had no right to give out seeing as it didn’t belong to them, but now isn’t the time to blame others and point fingers. Now’s the time to find a peaceful solution that lessens the amount of bloodshed.

  • Zozano

    The show isn’t called “Children’s Club” – It’s called “Tomorrows Pioneers”

    It’s a truly fucked up show. Youtube it.

  • Hello

    Wow interesting read.
    “The world that has made us can no longer contain us” – Regina Spektor

  • tilltimes

    ten seems very biased. i think it should be rewritten.

  • Protect the Kids.

    My name is Keith Smith. I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet suburbs of Lincoln, Rhode Island.

    I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. He was arrested and indicted but never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 34 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime.

    In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of sexual violence.

    Over the past 34 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri.

    Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.

    Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, not sharing with anyone the story of what happened to me. No more. The silence has to end. What happened to me wasn’t my fault. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other survivors know that they’re not alone and to help survivors of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience.

  • Carole

    Aside from internet porn, there is nothing new on this list
    You could have picked out most of this stuff from a Charles Dickens novel

    All parents indoctrinate their children. When somebody else decides what you will eat, what religion you will be, where you will live,how you will be educated etc. That is indoctrination. I have witnessed some crazy hockey parents who think they are doing their kid good,when all they are doing is living out their failed fantasies.
    We exploit children ,because children are powerless.

  • Davo

    Sadly %99.9 of people on this planet shouldn’t be able to have kids. I also find it ironic that myself, a potentially excellent parent, doesn’t want kids.

  • shaymm

    Im glad I read this list later in the rather than in the morning like usual. This list was depressing as hell…but it was put together really well. Good job. Also, and Im not sure if this was mentioned but, I hate the fact that the list “Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Sex” is a recommended list for this…

  • ImADork

    @Jay Poe (118): Thank you for such a beautiful post. I only wish that I could live to see the day when the world would unite as one and all the hate and violence would disappear.

  • thetarian

    Its really disturbing to know this things exist and the only thing all of us can do is pray..

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Lists like this are not entertaining at all, but they make you think. Shit sometimes that really sucks.

  • BooRadley

    (207) Keith Smith:

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It was a courageous thing to do. I am so, so sorry that you had to endure that, and that you are still suffering. I was also sexually abused as a child, although it was nowhere even close to the violence you suffered. I was 5 years old, and my parents did not believe me/blamed me, because it was another family member. I remember when my biggest breakthrough in healing came – it was when I truly, finally accepted that it was NOT MY FAULT. I had been blaming myself all my life. I hope that you can finally be freed from the tyranny of this man and live in peace with yourself.

    If you want to talk about this further, go to the forums and find my name (usually in the games forum) and click on PM. We can then send personal messages instead of using the comments section to talk. Please do.

    The story this man told is not uncommon. Child abuse will haunt you for the rest of your life if you do not actively work to change that. I think it is an important thing to remember when we read about the children on Rushfan’s list. These attrocities won’t just go away when the child gets older. They will fester and grow and all but destroy an entire life. These children need love and nurturing now and throughout their lives if they are to overcome this.

    Thanks for the charity suggestions, and please keep them coming.

  • Hodari

    yeah, i know how these people feel, cause i am a child, even tought i’ve never did or have been abjected to anything here. Good thing i live in the least corrupted, and in the third natur-friendly country in the world- Finland.

  • ringo710

    The christians on this page are truly showing how worthless they really are. Oh sure, just pray about it, your phoney balonga jesus will suddenly get off his ass and cease some of the suffering that he created. I`m skeptical of the child pornography being harmful.

  • starseekerunleashed

    its good to know that people are indeed concerned about these facts. a lot of things go on unnoticed as well. its true that the problems mentioned here persist; but what about the cause of it ???? i personally knew one guy who had to leave his village because he denied taking up arms. he was working in a small bakery literally thousands of miles away from his homeland. one day it happened for me to enter that place in a paramilitary uniform as we were camping nearby and i was there under my group commanders orders. I spent some time there and we talked about lot of things including the insurgent threat in their area. he told me how hard it was there to lead a life. i was so much u know changed by that conversation that i clearly began to appreciate the value of freedom that i had till then taken for granted. he told me how families were forced to send their children with the militants. according to him the main reason behind it was poverty. when families are to maintained it always costs no matter where in the world. the militants offer a pay which can only be classified as “in their dreams” if they turn off the offer. so mainly boys are sent to play with AK 47’s and Uzi’s……
    so… what can be done ??? according to him NOTHING…
    why ??? because he says unless every individual consider these as their personal problems not even a single thing is going to be changed. lecturing about the problems is not at all a solution….
    then i really wondered what he was meaning to say and i couldn’t resist myself from asking that.
    he was getting busy with his work.. people were increasing at the counter. sun was going to set soon….
    he turned to me and said

    “next time when you see some one in need… desperate… do not just think of helping him…just help”

    rite then i remembered this
    one helping hand is better than thousand praying
    and i still remember it…

  • Re: Ringo710 “I’m skeptical of child pornography being harmful” ??? Waahhh? Did you REALLY just type that, re-read it and hit submit??

    The first part of your post you talk about how worthless Christians are, a phoney Jesus and then you prove how worthless You are. Maybe the problem today is that people no longer have standards. They believe in nothing, support nothing and at the end of the day will do whatever comes across their minds. I have more respect for people who fight for what they believe in than those who fall for anything and are “skeptical” that promoting the abuse of children is harmful. You don’t have to believe in God, Jesus, Buddah, Allah or “Cosmic Synergy”- but you better get your standards up.

  • astraya

    On the front page of the List Universe, the photo of the child soldier appears directly above the photo (of the painting) of Plato. There’s a spooky resemblance between the two (despite the obvious differences – oh, I may as well put some classical learning to use and say “mutatis mutandis”).

  • 7raul7

    Hey, now, c’mon … the debate was pretty interesting & … well … thought provoking ;-)

    Anyways, seems like a lot of people here were either sexually abused or molested in child hood. My heartfelt sympathies to them.

    Also … Israel sux … LOL :-)

  • stanleypoobrick

    i reckon kids get it pretty good these days, at least they get a crack at it. imagine if they weren’t born at all…boring.

  • sagirl

    Ringo710 – What the hell? You are skeptical about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children being harmful???? That doesn’t even make sense. Child porn is SICK SICK SICK!!! and anyone who condones it is sick too.

  • CatChick1964

    @jfrater (192): “I just wanted to quickly say: “stick to the facts” Debate away but do stick to facts and don’t insult each other.”

    A bit late in the game to be asking for this don’t you think Jamie.

    I thought this list was probably one the best to have hit LV in a long time… until I read all the comments from people who took it upon themselves to start a personal war against each other.

    Out of all the 219 comments (as I’m writing this) the only one that is truly worthy of being viewable is @Keith Smith (207): THAT should be required reading as a bonus to this list…

    @ringo710 (216): I know your post was directed at me… I don’t mind. I feel so very sorry for your soul.. And I’ll tell you what.. You know who I’m gonna be praying for tonight?? You.
    You call me worthless because I believe in God. At least I have faith and respect in something Greater than I am. While your comment on child pornography shows that you respect for no one… including yourself. Especially yourself.
    You tell God to get off his azz and do something? Be careful what you ask for.. He may just do that. He may just do something about you and your blasphemous words. However, I pray that He has mercy on your soul and softens your heart to see what you are really doing to yourself and others with behavior such as this.

    It WAS an awesome list Rushfan. Until.

  • Lifeschool

    So glad the extremist views of the few have made way for the views of the many. I will only get involved so far in these disputes, because confronting an extremist will only make them cling to their views all the tighter – and one can never hope to change them, or to solve anything. In one sense, I hope certain contributors will settle now they’ve gotten a lot off their chests.

    @BooRadley (214): I was blown away by your candid words. There is sometimes a weight of self blame involved in psychological trauma; the saddest part is that so often, the victim is the last to appreciate their own innocence.

    @Davo (209): “Sadly %99.9 of people on this planet shouldn’t be able to have kids.” – I think the figure is much lower than that – perhaps globally – more like 30%.

    @ringo710 (216): It seems a very romantic notion that one day a saviour will appear and cure all the worlds problems. They have tried; JFK, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Abraham Lincoln, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi…. They were all murdered.

  • lostatsea1

    I have a friend whose child has Down Syndrome, he only knows love and happiness. An angel really! Perhaps he could teach us all something!

  • lostatsea1 Israeli navy hijacks mercy ship bringing supplies to Gaza, no mention on any mass media!

  • mom424

    lostatsea1: Typical of our media – “All the news we want you to hear”.

  • rushfan
  • Tropical

    What a ridiculously bias entry for no. 10, considering what has happened in the literally inescapable hell-hole that is Gaza at the beginning of the year, to make a statement (and an inaccurate one at that) that one terrible issue affecting children is indoctrination and then to only talk about Palestine and ignore Israel is actually disgusting and bias enough for me to really question the authors motives. Because after all it is the morning cartoon Children’s Club that caused the child to strap a bomb to his chest and not the fact that whilst hiding in a UN building after having his home blown up, he watched his entire family blown to smithereens by a white phosphorous bomb or watched his innocent mother shot by a soldier wearing a shirt with a picture of a pregnant woman and the words ‘one shot, two kills.’ Nope, it’s definitely the Mickey Mouse cartoon he watched as a child, that is the reason that he feels such hatred for his fellow Jewish neighbour and nothing to do with the fact that he has been living as a second-class citizen in his home and his country with no means to leave, without electricity, access to clean water or food for years now!

  • Adam

    Fox News? You a neo-con?

  • lostatsea1

    The Military Invades U.S. Schools: How Military Academies Are Being Used to Destroy Public Education
    In Chicago, there’s a push to replace public schools with military academies
    – by Brian Roa – 2009-07-02

  • segues

    Thank you for removing the post from lawyermommmy. I’ve never read such a piece of paranoid trash in my life. I was about to offer her a tinfoil hat with wire coat-hanger antenae, but I guess that won’t be required now.

  • iLLmaticist

    The Amazing thing is…on entry number 7 you see a picture of Palestinian kids grieving over the ruins of building perhaps their school(madrasa) destroyed by Israel on the last war on a list that contradicts itself.
    And you’re mad cause we Palestinians hate “jews” who destroyed,conquered and f**ked us up since 1948…not that i hate jews,but i’m sure as hell no american loves Bin Laden either….

  • mom424

    @segues (232): You’re welcome.

  • D train

    It’s things like this that remind me why I got a vasectomy. Being unable and unwilling to properly care for a child I should not have one.

    If only people considered their own qualifications before having a child, we would not see many of the things on this list.

  • lostatsea1

    A 30 minute video from Witness partner Images Asia which is working at the Thai-Burmese border. This documentary is about children who have become victims or participants in Burma’s armed conflicts, used as porters, human shields, or human minesweepers. It shows the life of children who have been killed, forcibly conscripted, unwillingly separated from their families, kidnapped and tortured, and it includes interviews with child soldiers. (Excerpt from

  • Sammy

    July 6th, 2009 at 5:44 am
    …. Jews teaching there children that the Palestinians and other arabs are the evil terrorists…”

    They don’t have to teach them. They can see it with their own eyes

  • Anonymous

    this is all horrible and sad

  • Steelman

    News from today that is fitting to this List:

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — A top Taliban leader in Pakistan is buying and selling children for suicide bombings, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.

    Children are shown at a training camp in this video footage shot by the Taliban.

    Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has been increasingly using the children in attacks, the officials said. A video released by Pakistan’s military shows the children training for the task.

    In the video of a training camp, children can be seen killing and going through exercises.

    Mehsud has been selling the children, once trained, to other Taliban officials for $6,000 to $12,000, Pakistani military officials said. Some of the children are as young as 11, the officials said.

    “He has been been admitting he holds a training center for young boys, for preparing them for suicide bombing. So he is on record saying all this, accepting these crimes,” said Major General Akhtar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistani army.

  • Moonbeam

    @Keith Smith (207): Your comment here was extremely compelling. Because I don’t always take what I read on a website comment list as always true, I wondered if this was an actual event.

    It rang true to me because I once suffered a much less horrific trauma in my own life. The parts about waking up drenched in sweat from the nightmares years later; feeling the perpetrator’s presence when small things trigger a memory; not being able to talk about it; blaming myself… It all seems so truthful to me.

    When I read your post, I thought, “he should write a book.” But you have written a book about it. I’m not sure I understand whether or not the attacker was actually murdered or if that part was fiction? Either way the event described by you is so vivid, and it drew me in. It emphasizes to me why crimes against anyone – and especially children – are so heinous; because it doesn’t end after the event(s), it continues to cause pain for months or years afterward.

  • FaiR

    @Tropical(229): All I can say that I give you an applause, you completed my idea in my comment

    @ iLLmaticist23(233): Thank you very much, I can see a true emotion in your comment

    @Sammy(237): yes, jews teach their children to hate arabs, and if you don’t believe it, pay me a visit in the middle east and see the truth yourself, better than setting on your coach a thousand miles away listening to corrupt propaganda, and i’m not talking to you only. I’m talking to everyone thinks that palestinains are the terrorists, go to palestine and see, I went there and saw, and frankly, YES>>ISRAEL ARE THE REAL TERRORISM!!

  • Hello

    I think there is a big problem with generalizing here.
    @ iLLmaticist23(233): “And you’re mad cause we Palestinians hate “jews” who destroyed,conquered and f**ked us up since 1948…not that i hate jews,but i’m sure as hell no american loves Bin Laden either….”
    You can’t really compare hating one person to hating a whole religion, race or country.
    I may hate Hitler but I’d never say I hate Germans

  • casey

    great list, I only have one bone to pick:
    it is something that affects everyone, regardless of poverty or location, and easily one of the most presiing problems in our world today. it was a huge oversight not to include it on the list.

  • Swagat

    Great Article.

    I am spreading this message through mail and web links.

  • mrpl0w

    Jeez Kennedy…

    I was not aware of how in the dark I really am…thank you truth seeker!

    You’re right, this list is total ‘bullshit.’ Who cares about the kids when we could be preparing for the Amero given to us by our Zionist overlords.

    9/11 was in inside job! F–K the childrens issues…

    Where can I join your militia?

  • DenzeLL

    whew… it’s been so long since I checked in again. Anyway, I was so dead bored last night, and I can’t sleep. And yeah, I saw item no. 10 in CNN.

  • DenzeLL

    and I never knew that there are male whores.

  • iLLmaticist

    I wasn’t comparing nothing,nor was i generalizing.Infact whoever made this list was when he accused all Palestinians of teaching hatred to their kids based on nothing but an Israeli study…take a look back in history for example 1948..I personally am a Palestinian and i don’t hate jews nor will i teach my kids to,but i sure as hell going to teach them to stand up for what’s right,stand up for their believes,virtues regardless of what other people think.

  • Moonbeam

    Re #1 Violence through Indoctrination, for some balance how about the singing Nazi twin girls? –

    Or the children of The Westboro Baptist Church? –

    Or The KKK’s member’s children? –

  • rushfan

    @casey (243):

    You should do a little research into “climate change.”

  • raviteja

    great list!

  • Harold

    I had that exact same toy gun in the picture in number 10.

  • segues

    When my eldest child was 19 months old, I was one of 4 women on our block with very young children and another due within the next few months. It was an extremely safe neighborhood, a cul-de-sac in an area just changing from rural to upper-class housing, lots of police lots of neighborhood watch, lots of friendly people.
    Except for one family three doors down from us who had a little boy just a few mounts older than my daughter, and who liked her very much.
    The little boy was rambunctious, as little boys tend to be, but he was never out of bounds as far as I ever observed. His parents, otoh, were almost always out of bounds.
    One day I came to find out (through his mother’s bragging) that he never bothered them in the night because his room was soundproofed and he was buckled into bed every night. I was shocked.
    Unfortunately this was a Friday evening, and no one was on call at the CFS in the phone book (I came to discover I had called the wrong number). On that Sunday my daughter and their son were playing with squirt guns. His ran out of water and he grabbed one off of his dad’s bike and squirted my daughter, getting some in her eyes.
    The squirt gun from the bike was heavily laced with ammonia to deter dogs while they rode.
    My little girl came running home in tears, crying in pain. Not far behind her was the boy, clasped in his mothers arms, screaming in both terror and pain. She told me that since he had done it to my child she had held her child down and squirted him in the face directly into his eyes as punishment!
    I said,”But what he did was an accident!”
    She replied, “Well, he’ll learn not to have accidents, then, won’t he?”
    The next day I got in touch with Child Protective Services, who came out and did nothing.
    One month later my son was born, and she exclaimed all over about how I had gotten “the deluxe model”. Two months later she gave birth to a daughter, and they put a sign up on the house that ran all across the garage and could be read for a block away ” IT’S A GIRL, DAMN IT!”
    We moved quite soon afterward. It just wasn’t an atmosphere I wanted my children exposed to, and I knew that those poor children were being abused, but because it didn’t show as bruises or broken bones it was pooh-poohed (at that time).

  • Sarah

    Sad list :(

  • oouchan

    @segues (253): How sad. That story touched a part of me since I know a little how you felt. Being told that one gender is better than the other.
    When I was pregnant, I was told that I better have a girl. I was stressed through the entire pregnancy and had 4 ultrasounds trying to find out what my baby would be. When I had my little girl, it was as if all the weight was off my shoulders but I was angry for feeling that way. I only wanted a heathly baby…didn’t care what kind.
    It’s sad when people put one gender above the other. It’s almost as if I had a boy, then he wouldn’t be as loved by my family. Seems that family you knew felt the same way about the girl they had.
    Sad. :(

  • segues

    @oouchan (255): It was heartbreaking. They couldn’t even be bothered to spell out the daughters name correctly, shortening it as far as they they could and still have it sound the same.
    Yes, oouchan, these children were psychologically abused everyday of their lives (at least as long as I knew them), and the results as I saw them were behavioral problems and intellectual problems.
    A sad, sad problem for them, and a sad problem for you. :-(

  • Whotsit?


    Have you thought about trying the police?

  • segues

    @Whotsit? (257): This was all thirty years ago, and to tell the truth, the only protective body I had in mind was Child Protective Services. They had recently had a neighborhood meeting, explaining their services and that was all I could think of.
    btw, my husband (of the time, now my ex) was away on business or “business”, and I wanted to remain as anonymous as possible. I knew, for a fact, that CPS, would get the police involved if it was warranted.

  • Polymath

    I just love comments. haha…

  • specialist8

    this list just confirms my thoughts on parents having to obtain a license to have children. clearly the gift of human life has been abused so just like the ‘privilege’ of driving a car, you need a license for that, and if you can’t handle the process, let society better itself by not including the insufficient.

  • deeeziner

    It’s hard to catch up with the reading involved with an absence from the site, but I’m glad to return to such a well researched and heart-felt list Rushfan. Congratulations on the publishing.

    I’m a mother/grandmother and the numbers that you have quoted regarding the worldwide suffering of the children are sobering. And heart breaking.

    It makes me wonder what can be learned from such a list, other than the obvious..that children suffer the worst from the evils of the world…How can we use a list like this to change the lives of these kids, or the children of the future.

    I can’t see much change occurring quickly, especially with the comment wars in response to the last two lists here at site.

    Is it possible to link a few agencies or foundations that are reputable and dedicated to the eradication of some of these problems?

    If I have missed some of these links here in comments, I apologize, I’m kind-of skimming as I have much to catch up on.

  • HowNowBrownCow

    Distrubing list.
    Its not hard to tell where the author stands on the Palestinian genocide.

  • Noboru Wataya (the cat)

    When I hear about someone who does horrible things to a child, I immediately start thinking about how bad the child must have felt, how bad their family must feel, the expected response. Normal so far.
    AT NO POINT do I ever progress to wanting to punish the perpetrator. I have never in my memory said to myself “Whoever did this should burn in hell” or anything like that. I just don’t feel like that. This makes it seem really bizarre that sane, generally accepted people say things like “I’d like to kill him myself”, and other sane people agree with them. And everybody’s perfectly okay with this? Did I miss something?
    I’m not going to get into the moral aspect of it, but I’m curious; does anyone know what I’m talking about here?

  • OMG this was really nice of you to do :D this probley made my day

  • Ilana

    A nice list, for the most part well-researched. Too bad the comments had to devolve into the oppression olympics…

    Reading that long, drawn-out argument between Truthseeker, Faketree, and others made my heart sick. I knew as soon as I saw the item about the madrassas that some wingnut would be jumping up on a soapbox, decrying the “apartheid” and “Zionist murder”, and that more would come out to rail against him with anti-Palestinian libel.

    It’s times like this I almost can’t thank G-d for making me a Jew- I wouldn’t have to care so much.

    All of you make me want to cry.

  • DenzeLL

    @segues (253):

    Interesting and sad story. It’s disturbing though that I’ve always been interested in child abuse issues for some reason. Maybe I should consider being a Children Rights Advocate someday.

    Well, the good news for me is that I live in a classy subdivision that is very safe to live in.

  • m269ch3vy

    this is truly heartbreaking..

  • Looser

    people make me sick sometimes

  • odin

    the progenies and followers of the False Prophet
    would only bring death, devastation and total misery
    to them itself,,,
    no matter how hard anyone can try death is the only one to embrace them.

  • Reality_Check

    What is very disturbing me the most is that these same so called “Humanitarians” who say they would commit a terrible crime of “Skinning someone alive” in an act of revenge is “Sick” and wrong. If you want an eye for an eye, the whole world would be blind.

    These So Called self righteous behaving people say they want to stop these horrible acts on children but refuse to do anything to end the real cause and proliferation of Child exploitation.

    Yet they continue to support Multinational corporations and live life styles that in the end result exploit children and manifest child poverty. You all sit on your high horses and think of sick ways to torture people and this behavior is totally psychopathic.

    Wake up!!! If you want to make the world a better place for children look at your self, change what your doing and take responsibility for your support of Corporations that cause and support poverty in many countries just so you can have cheap shoes, clothes, cars and electronics!!

    Stop looking for a scape goat and look in the mirror, then make a choice to change your behaviors and really make the world a better place!

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  • belaucares

    so much for being human.

  • Mike

    Ten,six,four, and one made me sick. Way to go Rushfan, for posting this.

  • avie

    wow incrediable list though how sad
    little kids.. gosh how horrible

    o num 1
    that pic looks like a still from a movie ive seen ? ha

  • kennypo65

    I don’t care who’s doing it. Filling the heart of a child with hate to suit your narrow-minded view of the world is an atrocity.

  • Megan

    Just because what English dictionaries have taken certain arabic words to mean doesn’t mean that is what it means in Arabic.

    Jihad in arabic literally means Struggle, one type of struggle is combat, it is not the only nor is it the better struggle. The four major categories of jihad that are recognized are Jihad against one’s self (Jihad al-Nafs), Jihad of the tongue (Jihad al-lisan), Jihad of the hand (Jihad al-yad), and Jihad of the sword (Jihad as-sayf).

    Madrassah again in the west has been taken even in dictionaries to mean Religious school, but In arabic it does just mean school. There are different kinds you see
    Madrasah aamah translates as “public school”.
    Madrasah kh??ah translates as “private school”.
    Madrasah d?niyyah translates as “religious school”.
    Madrasah Islamiyyah translates as “Islamic school”.
    Madrasah Jami’ah translates as “university”.
    So you See Jihad is a verb and Madrassah is a noun. That translate into Struggle and school respectively. It is the Adjective or Adverb which changes the Meaning, You see a public and private schools are both schools or Madrasah’s. So most arabic speakers will refer to any type of school as a Madrasah because it is a school.

    Furthermore as for the hate taught in Palestine, I feel there is too much hatred taught in both camps. Was it not Israeli Children Signing bombs, which killed lebanese children, or writing letters to IDF soldiers telling them to kill as many arabs as possible?

  • oreo

    wow i feel really bad that we have everything in a reach and yet we as teenager now a days complain about the littlest things and those kids in the middle east and other places have to work and suffer to get their daily meal or they just don’t eat and starve to death…..we should stop being selfish and not take everything for granted!!!!

  • natapillar

    it’s horiffic some of the things that children have to go through :(

  • Merlin

    Obviously, poverty deserves to be the second or first even. It is the root of most of the problems abroad like child labour and lack of access to education and other needed resources. But overall, everything on this list is terrible, and any civilized person would work to stop it.

  • yojifreak2k7

    “Palestinian children are taught to hate Jews, to glorify “jihad” (holy war), violence, death and child martyrdom almost from birth, as an essential part of their culture and destiny.”

    Seriously, come on, enough of the stereotyping sweeping generalisations.
    not all palestinians are like that, only extremists, the same as any extremist christian, or any extremist of any kind.

    Palestinians are people too , mate. think on.

  • ohmigosh

    wow…all of these children that have to go through all of this and people in the u.s. are complaining????wowowowowowowowowow……what a shame!!!!!!

  • Sunny

    There is a god and he is actually testing these children and I think they all are gonna pass this test and are gonna go to Paradise.

  • SgtDonuts

    horrifying stuff.

    Minor detail: the G3 rifle is more commonly used by forces using child soldiers, not the G4.

    Sorry im a gunnut

  • ForgottenPatirot

    “oh danny boy

    the pipes, the pipes are callin………..”

  • Billy Beer

    So, no where under violence through indoctination is a mention of children being raised into Neo-Nazi families, KKK families, extremist Christian groups…just Islam. Now I can agree that it's wrong, but aren't you being a little slanted by only including Islam indoctrination?

  • regdwight

    #11 Muslims

  • In light of the Palestinian/Israeli arguments going on here I'd like to ask a question:

    Does anyone actually know what "a Zionist" literally means?

  • How can I help?

  • Peace23

    PeaCe No WAr….. !!!
    We talk about issues facing children …

  • LostMusicalMeanings

    Men and women (yes theres women out there) with child festishes are pathetic enough to use someone as inoceont as children (majority of force) to prostituion,pornography,rape.Thats a subject where you could only just say oh well and make sure you're not one of those type of people.

  • Ica

    what kind of society are we living in, that puts more thought into selecting and training for most professions (teacher, soldiers, etc.) yet never have any standard or qualification on who gets to be parents? I am not promoting eugenetics, it’s just that some people are just not equipped (psychologically and otherwise) to be parents. and also there is still an authority who bans contraception.

    btw, most of the stuff said on the list about neglect, and some other stuff not mentioned, applies to my childhood. to a certain extent… sigh

  • maachi kun

    breaks my heart.
    children don’t deserve any of these. i am angered by the adults who rob them of their rights. it’s injustice however you look at it and whatever their reason may be (religion, money, etc.). i really think that these things in the list are infallible reasons for intervention.

  • Catherine

    Enter your comment here.

  • David Hopkins

    Great list. Brings needed attention to the fact that not all children can thrive and be happy in this world. My family and I are sponsoring a girl in Mauritania, and I took part in the World Vision 30-hour Famine every year when I was in high school.

  • Yuna Ashraf Mostafa

    great list though i’d like to clarify 2 things here which most of the west believes:

    a) Arabs don’t hate “Jews”, since most Arabs are Muslims, they’re obliged to respect and believe in jewdaism , yet Arabs hates Zionists , the political organization , this belief is mixed because every Zionists is a Jew, but not ever Jew is a Zionists , in fact , there are a lot of Jews scientists who are against the creation of Israel because it defies what’s wrote in Torah.

    b) Palestinians are not the only one who teach their kids to hate Zionism and Zionists , Zionists do so as well :

    as a human , i find this act – on both sides- really bitter and brutal.

    other than that i’m a huge fan of this website, it’s freakin AWESOME !

  • Jim Trent

    There are so many issues affecting children, a lot of which is in the third world. I think it’s vital to contribute to childrens charities as much as possible, your early years are the ones which shape your character so we’ve gotta make sure that everyone has a fair shot at life.

  • FM

    There is so much false andinaccurate information on this page that it should be reported. Such websites should be monitored especially since unfortunately there are many people in this world who believe whatever they read online.

    – i only briefly looked at 2 points and did not wish to read more; point 10– Madrasa means schoold in the Arabic language it has nothing to do with a special Islam school. Moreover anyone who knows about the Islamic religion would know that promoting non-violence its one of its most important objectives. Palestinian children are facing a war and are being bombed and killed by Israeli opponents they are being brought up in this environment and its natural for them to grow up learning to defend their country and rid it of its invaders.

    – Point 2 — Camel riding is a sport and has its risks and dangers like many other sports. The children adopted for this sport are provided with a much better life in the adopting countries (food, shelter, education) than in their home countries in which they live as street beggers and often have very poor chances of survival due to extreme poverty. It may not be the best lifestyle but it is by far better than what they would have had back home.

  • Rod Kerr

    I would like to use picture #10 in a small book that I am writing, (An Abrahamic Option) an outline for peace in Israel. Can you reply with an email address? Or can you assist me in obtaining permission?

    Thank you

  • ilikesloths

    Isn’t this list about issues facing children worldwide? If so, why is number 9 so concentrated on big, bad, evil Muslims?

    The desc. you ‘wrote’ for 10 just seems like you copy and pasted it off of a biased site that tries to demote the existence of a Palestinian state.

    I’ve lived in West Bank for an early part of my childhood, and the description of my childhood given at number 10 was just insulting. ‘Madrasas’ is a word that just means ‘school’. The grade school I went to was not a Steven Spielberg movie, it was actually really fun and happy despite not having much to it and I remember my teacher being pretty sweet. Also, the ‘Childeren’s Club’ cartoon that they spoke of aired for a limited time and now is as rare to come upon as the American WW2 propaganda film of Popeye beating the shit out of Japs.

  • saint4God

    A great way to help is through . I’ve been a sponsor for years, they’re a top-rated charity and have an excellent financial annual report to show the money is going to the children.

  • Fisds

    Superb, Awesome, Wonderful
    Vry Gud

  • Richard

    A childs’ right to vote should be at the top of this list. As in no country does a child get to state their opinion in order to improve the world.

    • You’re joking, right?

  • peaceful man

    WTF !!! no1 can telll the truth but the people how live in the real truth .
    if u were arab who lives at isreal u will see how lots of jews hate u becoz you’re arab. that what the are taught . u see alot of shit going on this days ,

  • Hojung

    It is very sad i wish i could help

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    Thank you for this. We are always keen to connect with anyone in the care, nursing, social work and medical industries either as a provider or professional and always happy to find new sources of information.

  • Unkown

    you’re an idiotic redneck American who is clearly dumb and uneducated

  • Lynn

    Your idea that Palestinians are taught to hate Jews is ridiculous. I’ve been to Israel and I’ve seen Palestinian women and childre have rocks thrown at them. I even saw a little girl named Fatima who was 7 years old get in the face with a rock by grown Jewish men while walking to school. It broke her cheekbone and infection set in because her parents couldn’t afford medical treatment. It is Jews that teach their children to hate Palestinians, the rightful owners of Palestine.

  • junior

    well idk whats worse, the kids growing up knowing to hate a specific type of person or the kids in mexico growing up to kill to reach fame and fortune just because violence is a everyday occurance doesnt mean they gotta go down that road

  • mahamed

    about no.10 i can not believe you are able to publish that kind of bullshit,don’t you recognize what kind of oppression israel has on palestine,while a single small move by the muslims causes a major propaganda on the net,even if a child stands firm in the name of islam and his country for sure he is defending himself,you are just the media controlled by the jewish they do not report how many innocent children they killed for no reason just for oppression yet you post it up when a child stands for his right,the media is a weapon as you are,you people will go down someday soon,for we are the victors yet you will burn in hell…

  • yanab7

    thanks for this article! I never realized how lucky I was and most people I know growing up. Wish i could be part of some way to help them.

  • Islamic Meditation

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  • ziad

    the above issues is a reality and should be solved in future

  • rahul

    its very very very bad

  • lucy

    sorry didn’t help me!!

  • I love One Direction

    i need the top 10 moral challenges facing young people today for homework!! Help meee!! please! due on tuesday!!!!!!

  • meian

    child abuse

    • lupita rivera-lopez

      its just so sad

  • jubayer alam jahaji

    ami nirbaak!!!

  • Leo

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  • Lupita Rivera- Lopez

    aye ben dito this brought me to tears just to think of what these kids went through go through and had to go through daily monthly and yearly gives my heart and ache i dont want to see this ever happen if i ever get the power to do something about this i will by the best of my ability. i love children. i am so happy i never had to go through this but, i cant stand to see other children going through it either

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