By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service
A significant proportion of the world's 2.2 billion children, many of whom are victims of violence, sexual abuse, labor exploitation and preventable diseases, are from the crisis-plagued African continent. As the United Nations points out, too many of the world's children, largely African, have been "bought and sold, exploited and abused, harmed and orphaned." Of the 11 countries where 20 percent or more of children die before the age of five, 10 are in Africa: Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone. The only non-African country on that list is Afghanistan.