Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spain's 'starving' school kids shock Europe...

Spain's austerity program is having a dramatic effect on the country's children, a new report released on Wednesday by Europe's top human rights agency shows.

The report describes accounts of "children fainting at school due to lack of proper meals" and "wearing the same clothes at school for three consecutive weeks, due to poverty."

"Cuts in social, health and educational budgets have led to a worrying growth of family poverty in Spain," said Nils Mui┼żnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on the release of the report.

Based on Mui┼żnieks' five-day fact-finding mission to the Spanish cities of Madrid and Seville in June, the report looks at Spain's human rights record both in terms of children, and more generally.

 Child poverty reached 30 percent in 2011, the report says, while also noting cuts to education budgets of 14.4 percent to 21.4 percent in the last three years. Full story...

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