European children fall victims to preventable accidents
By Ivaylo Spasov
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In the 21 century Europe, atrocities like child strangulation, poisoning, burning, drowning, car run-overs persist. The Child Safety Report Cards, released simultaneously in 31 countries, have revealed every hour a child is losing life.
The presenter of the report told Press TV this is a strong imperative for countries like Bulgaria, which is an example for those fivefold variations.
A pilot project was launched in parts of the Bulgarian capital is inhabited predominantly by Roma people who are identified as the most vulnerable.
This behind me is a Sofia-based Community Center for Prevention. The Open Society Institute, along with police and municipal authorities have established this institution in order to protect a large number of vulnerable kids, who fall victims to domestic violence or social hostility.
Inside, we found children being taught how to survive road accidents or avoid arson. A senior police official, however, told Press TV, education of the parents is more urgent, as most accidents take place in a family environment, where the state has limited influence.
Namely the lack of such capacity was among the major problems, identified by the Child Safety Report Cards. Researchers alarm Three-fourth of all victims - that’s 200 children in Bulgaria alone - could be rescued if only European governments implemented comprehensive child-protection strategies.
Ms Ivaylo Spasov os of the Press TV, Sofia