Opinion: Listen: Covid-19 is leaving millions of orphaned children behind

This week on the "First Opinion Podcast," @flaxter and @HillisSusan talk about the heartbreaking number of children who have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid-19 — with more to…

The number of children who become orphans because of Covid-19 rises each week: Over 10.5 million children around the world have lost a parent or other caregiver living in the home, a staggering and heartbreaking figure. For comparison, it took 10 years years to create as many orphans as Covid-19 created in just two years. Seth Flaxman and Susan Hillis have been tracking this grim statistic as part of their work with Global Reference Group on Children Affected by Covid-19

These losses can reverberate for years. Orphaned children who do not get the help they need are at increased risk of exploitation, abuse, teen pregnancy, poverty, and vulnerability to violent extremism.

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