One child died an unnatural death every two days in Taiwan in 2007, and the numbers of children abused or killed when their parents committed suicide increased at an alarming rate, a child welfare group reported Sunday.
The Child Welfare League Foundation said in a study of abused children in Taiwan that 24 children died from abuse, 19 were killed as part of their parents' suicides, and 205 died in accidents in 2007.
The total of 248 children dying from unnatural causes represented more than one every two days, and the situation is worsening, the foundation warned.
Citing statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior, the report said there were 31 cases in the first 10 months of the year in which a parent or both parents committed suicide along with their children, a four-year high.
About 90 percent of the 45 children involved in those cases were sacrificed by their biological parents who "murdered" their children under the pretext of "sparing them the misery of living, " the foundation said.
Some 8,200 children were abused in the first half of this year, an average of 45 children per day, or twice as many as the 21 children per day averaged in 2004.
The report attributed a lack of knowledge on how to act as a parent as the main cause of the abuse and said the increasing number of abused children highlights the fact that more and more people are raising children before they understand their responsibilities as parents.
Death by accident has always been the top cause of death among children, and the foundation said that 12 children have fallen from high-rise buildings and five others were involved in domestic accidents triggered by negligence so far this year.
Noting that these accidents have killed 11 children and seriously injured six, the foundation said that the parents' recklessness or leaving their young children unattended might put their children in extreme danger and saddle them with irreversible injuries.
The foundation released the report to highlight the launch of its campaign to seek 100 proposals from the public on ways to love children. People interested in the campaign are invited to visit Web site http://blog.yam.com/lovekids2008 for more information.