Brazilian teenagers in extreme poverty has gone up

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Brazilian teenagers in extreme poverty has gone up
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (BDCi) – A new UNICEF report says the number of teenagers in extreme poverty has gone up in Brazil, despite the country’s economic growth.

The report by the United Nations agency released Wednesday shows that 7.9 million Brazilians between the ages of 12 and 17 live in families earning less than $144 dollars a month.

Of those, 3.7 million teens live in extreme poverty, with families getting by on less than $71 a month.

The survey uses government data. It says the percentage in extreme poverty rose from 16.3 percent in 2004 to 17.6 percent five years later. The hike is out of step with the general decrease in poverty in the country.

The survey did find some improvements as more teens are in school and illiteracy has decreased.

By: Natania Levine
Courtesy: news.yahoo.com
Photo: Google Images
1 December 2011
10:04 a.m P.S.T

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