NGO's unsurprised by recent child poverty figures

December 20, 2012 02:39


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Following the State of the Child report released on Tuesday by the National Council for the Child, which revealed an increase in the percentage of Israeli children living under the poverty line, local NGOs combating this issue say they are not surprised.

This week revealed a variety of alarming facts concerning children in Israel. Prior to Tuesday’s report, the organization Latet also published data showing that half of the minors from needy families currently are forced to work to help support their family. Ten percent of these children have also begged for money in the streets in 2012, and 27 percent of Israeli minors have gone entire days without food in the past year.

“These figures are surprising for the public, but not for us,” Menashe Cohen, director of the NGO Hom, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

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