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Uganda is known as “the Pearl of Africa,” and it is indeed a beautiful country. But it is not without its troubles. The median age in Uganda is just 15 years old. A two-decade civil war and the AIDS crisis have wiped out much of the elder population and left an estimated 2.7 million children orphaned. These children are the most vulnerable people in this impoverished society. They lack the resources and support systems that would allow them access to education, health care, and overall stability. The area that has been hit hardest by the effects of the war is northern Uganda. Many children in this region were living in camps for internally displaced persons—which the government has closed—and have no homes or close living relatives. If they do have relatives, often these relatives can’t or won’t take in one more child, and if they do, they may treat the child as a servant.

Population: 35,918,915 (2014 est.)

Life Expectancy: 54 years

Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 69 deaths per 1,000 live births

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 1.4 million

Orphaned Children: 2.7 million

Secondary School Attendance: Boys—16% Girls—19%

Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day: 38%

Sources: UNICEF, The World Factbook (2014)