NGO World Vision: A Double-Edged Sword: Protection Risks Facing Venezuelan Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Report)
NGO World Vision | October 28, 2020
World Vision’s latest survey, conducted in September, confirms our fears of a rapid and dangerous deterioration of the situation, that thousands of children in Venezuela are facing life-threatening and future-crushing conditions. The most striking figures show that:
- 73% of families don’t have enough food. Our research found that for an average Venezuelan family receives a monthly income that equals 0.9% of the price of the basic food basket—the monthly nutritional needs for a family of five. Hence, it is necessary to earn 116 minimum salaries to buy the basic food basket. Millions of children are facing hunger in urban and rural areas.
- In order to obtain food, families have sold or traded their assets, intensifying their precarious economic situation.
- 21% of respondents said that the separation of children from their parents is increasing; and
- Nearly half (49%) of respondents said that child marriage is increasing due to the economic crisis that the pandemic has deepened.
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