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The perils of being an uncounted child

Six-year-old Angela from Kenya holds her birth certificate. In the Matete district of western Kenya, early birth registration is not common practice. (©2014 Lucy Murunga/World Vision)

Six-year-old Angela from Kenya holds her birth certificate. In the Matete district of western Kenya, early birth registration is not common practice. (©2014 Lucy Murunga/World Vision)

What if you or your child was never issued a birth certificate? For millions of children around the world, the lack of this key document puts them at greater risk of abuse and leaves them without access to legal protection, healthcare, education, and other essentials.

Did you know that…
– One in three children under age 5 do not have birth certificates.
– Without documentation, children are often prevented from accessing healthcare and enrolling in school.
Birth certificates also help protect children from human trafficking, child labor, early marriage, and underage conscription into armed forces.
– If passed, the Girls Count Act (H.R. 3398) will make it U.S. policy to encourage other countries to ensure that both girls and boys are counted.

Read more about how birth registration can make a difference!

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