UNICEF: Half of Dominican children live in poverty, lacking adequate food, water, housing

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UNICEF has some grim findings about childhood poverty in the Dominican Republic, the Associated Press reports.

The U.N. agency says half of Dominicans younger than 18 live in poverty, struggling to get enough food, access to safe drinking water and adequate housing. This despite the fact that the Caribbean country’s economy has been steadily growing since 1996.

The study conducted with the Dominican economy ministry found that only 30 per cent of kids finish primary school and that only 18 per cent finish secondary school on time. Those schools are in poor shape: Nearly half have no drinking water and nearly 60 per cent have no toilets.

The report was released Wednesday. President Danilo Medina has previously pledged to spend 4 per cent of GDP on education, more than previous governments in the country of 9 million people.

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