By Megan Rowling
Every day thousands of children pick up a gun and go to war. Others trudge miles in the searing heat to look for water and food. Some have to do both.
This factfile highlights the most dangerous places in the world to be a child as judged by a Reuters AlertNet poll of humanitarian workers and journalists.
The three worst places are all in Africa where war and drought has brought death, disease and displacement to millions.
But not all the regions named are ravaged by conflict. India is ranked sixth - reasons given include poverty, malnutrition and child labor.
Sudan, Uganda and Congo are the world's three most dangerous places for children due to wars that have brought death, disease and displacement to millions, a Reuters AlertNet poll showed on Tuesday.
Around half of respondents picked Sudan as one of their three choices, with many singling out the troubled western region of Darfur. Some 1.8 million children have been affected by a three-year conflict in Darfur, according to the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), where they risk being recruited to fight and are especially vulnerable to disease and malnutrition.
Source: AlertNet; http://www.warchild.org/news/News_archive/2006/dangerouscountries/dangerouscountries.html
This article has been adapted from the War Child website: http://www.warchild.org/