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The UN reports that 16,000 children in Latin America die a year because the abuse or other forms of mistreatment . Mexico has the second place.
Mexico keeps the highest poverty and child malnutrition rate among the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and is one of the top countries in physical violence, sexual abuse and murder of children under 14, mainly inflicted by a parent or parents.
According to the report “Child Abuse and Neglect in Mexico: Risk Factor in the commission of crimes" prepared by the Mexican Ministry of Public Safety in 2010, Guanajuato is one of the 7 entities with the highest rate of child abuse, along with Chiapas, Yucatán, the State of Mexico, Oaxaca and Sonora
More than 11 thousand of them are in abandonment situation. These children could be placed for adoption if their juridical situation was solved; however, 77 percent of them are between 7 and 18 years old, and because of their age it is almost impossible to integrate them into a family, since potential adopters are less likely to consider adopting an older child.
According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), in Mexico there are 30 thousand registered children living in children's homes and foster homes.
Acording to unicef
The UN Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) shows that 75.7 % of the indigenous language speaking population in Mexico lives under multidimensional poverty conditions and 39.2%, under multidimensional extreme poverty.
The 12th General Population and Housing Census reports 1,800,000 migrant farm workers. 9 of every 10 are indigenous.
The multiple factors that lead to migration in indigenous communities derive from the marginalization in which the society has placed them, as well as from the scarcity and poor quality of farmlands, environmental deterioration of their living territories, demographic pressure, despotism and exploitation of chieftains, political and social conflicts, lack of support to rural land and of employment sources.
These factors lead indigenous communities to search for better living conditions somewhere else.
76.1 % of the indigenous population lives in poverty. Most of them, in communities that are difficult to reach. This, undoubtedly is linked to the lack of access to education and the nonfulfillment of indigenous children’s human rights.
In Mexico, indigenous children make up the population group with the highest lacks and the lowest degree of fundamental rights fulfillment.
According to UNICEF, 33.2 % of indigenous children younger than 5 years of age presented low weight and low size in 2006, compared to the 12.7 % of all the children in that age group in the country. The rate of infant mortality among the indigenous population is 60% higher than among non-indigenous population.
Estimates show that the illiteracy rate among indigenous peoples is four times higher (more than 26 % of the 15-year-old and older population) than the national average 7.4 %.
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