When Laila returned home from school in rural Yemen, she did not expect what her father, Nasser, had in store for her: a husband, a much older husband.
How many of you have seen children working or perhaps begging in the streets? Or looking malnourished or unhappy? Growing up in Pakistan, I often witnessed this. It's always sad to see children who are not in school as they should be, or playing with other children and enjoying the outdoors. Childhood should be a carefree period in everyone's life; free of burden and hardship.
We’ve been hearing a lot of bleak news regarding the global economic crisis. Perhaps this recent update from the World Bank is the bleakest yet. According to the report, the crisis will cause child mortality rates to soar in developing countries; in fact, it predicts that between 2009 to 2015, an average 200,000 to 400,000 more babies may die per year—a total of 1.4 to 2.8 million—if the crisis persists.