Uganda Orphan Statistics
Here are some Uganda population and orphan statistics, compared with U.S. statistics to put it into perspective . . . although how can you really grasp numbers that high???
(Numbers are approximate)
Uganda is about the same size as Oregon (population 3,800,000).
Population of Uganda: 32,000,000 (Projected 52,000,000 by 2015 and 118,000,000 by 2050)
Population of the United States: 307,000,000
49% of the population of Uganda is under age 15. Highest percentage in the world (comparison chart here).
Number of orphans in Uganda: 2,500,000 = 20% of the child population and 2% of the entire population
Number of children in foster care in the entire United States: 500,000 = .0067 % of the child population and .0016% of the entire population.
“Uganda is one of Africa’s most ravaged regions from the AIDS epidemic. You could say there is a whole generation of parents missing” (from here)
The people of Uganda are beautiful and friendly
“Over 56,000 children under age 5 die each year from nutrition-related causes. . .
Uganda has the highest proportion of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS worldwide. A conflict in northern Uganda, now in its second decade [this was written some time ago, so Ug is not currently dealing with the LRA as other countries are, but the numbers are still important], has displaced more than 1.8 million people and has resulted in the abduction of more than 60,000 children.” (from here)