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21 Million People Worldwide, including Five Million Children Trapped in Conditions of Contemporary Slavery: UN Report

The event, entitled "Revealing the Child Faces of Modern Slavery", will be organised by the UN Human Rights Office

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Geneva, Nov 29, 2016: An estimated 21 million people worldwide are trapped in conditions of contemporary slavery, including some five million children, a UN office said.

“Slavery is not something that belongs to the past but a cruel reality of our age,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday in a media statement.

They also announced an upcoming event which will showcase the extent of modern-day slavery, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The event, entitled “Revealing the Child Faces of Modern Slavery”, will be organised by the UN Human Rights Office to mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2.

The event is also to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, which since it’s establishment in 1991 has supported of thousands of men, women and child victims of various forms of slavery.

In 2016, the Fund issued grants to projects in 34 countries, helping more than 29,000 victims, a third of whom were children, the UN rights office said. (IANS)

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Future of The World Lies in Hands of Children, Says Actress Priyanka Chopra

"They are the future and we need to help.”

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, a global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights, marked World Refugee Day on Thursday with a special message.

The 36-year-old star pledged her support to children who have been forced to flee their homes. She even shared a video of herself from her meetings with children at refugee camps.

“The truth is quite simple… the future of this world lies in the hands of the children of today. But the harsh reality is that there is an entire generation of innocent children growing up right now without any prospects for thier future… these children are affected by displacement due to serious conflict and emergencies in thier various regions,” Priyanka wrote alongside the video on Instagram.

Actress Priyanka Chopra.

The actress, who has travelled to refugee camps in Jordan, Bangladesh and more recently in Ethiopia, added: “When families are forced to leave their homes due to violence, persecution, natural disasters, they are torn apart and it’s the children that end up suffering the most. The numbers are staggering, yes… but we have to continue to stand for them, in whatever capacity we can as individuals.”

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“They are the future and we need to help.” (IANS)