Qatar ranked first in the Arab world and 34th in the world for the best living conditions for children, according to the report of the “Save the Children-US”, which put 172 countries from the best to the worst for children.
US media indicated that ratings were determined by measuring average performance in eight different criteria, namely the under-five mortality rate, malnutrition affecting growth, out-of-school children, child labour, adolescents marriage, adolescent birth rate, displacement due to conflict and child homicide.
Kuwait ranked second in the Arab world (38 globally), followed by Oman (43th globally), Lebanon and Tunisia (45th globally), Saudi Arabia (47th globally), Jordan (51th globally), Morocco (83th globally) and Egypt (88th globally).
Syria came first in the list of countries where children are most affected by conflict, followed by South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen and Sudan.
According to Save the Children’s 2017 report, some 28mn children are forcibly displaced.
This number includes about 10mn refugee children, nearly 1mn asylum-seekers and 17mn children displaced within their own countries due to violence and conflict.
The report classified Niger as the worst place for children in the world, while Norway and Slovenia shared the first rank as the best countries in the world followed by Finland, while Netherlands and Sweden ranked joint-fourth, followed by Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Italy , Belgium, Cyprus, Germany and South Korea.
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