16 Worst Places to Raise a Family

Damascus, Syria

Another city that you probably weren’t going to move to anyway is Damascus, Syria. We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos of child refugees attempting to flee the war-torn country with their families. Aside from the obvious threats of violence, education is hard to come by there as more than 6,500 schools have been rendered unusable by bombs. ISIS has also been known to recruit children as young as seven years old there.

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Vancouver, Canada

Canada is frequently ranked among the best places to live in the world; however, even a first world country has less than ideal places for children. Vancouver has been named the least affordable city in Canada and the third most expensive housing market in the entire world. Statistics Canada named British Columbia to be the worst province for children, particularly for First Nations youth. An estimated half of native children in B.C. live in poverty.

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Sanaa, Yemen

Yemen has been named one of the five worst countries to be a child in. Like Syria, child soldiers are common there and an estimated 800 children have been recruited to war just in the last year.

In 2015, approximately 2000 children were killed or injured in Yemen’s civil war, a statistic that increased six fold from the previous year. In addition to war causalities, children there are subjected to severe malnutrition and a lack of clean water.

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