Qatar has been classified as one of the safest countries for children in the world, especially in the Middle East.
The End of Childhood Report 2017, prepared by Save The Children US, has put Qatar among world leaders for best living conditions for children. Among Arab nations, Qatar was the only country to make it to the blue zone, the category of countries where few children miss out on having a childhood.
In the report, which lists 172 countries from the best to the worst for children, Qatar was ranked first in the Arab world and 34th in the world, just behind Singapore and a spot before Bosnia & Herzegovina, and two spots ahead of the United States of America.
Kuwait came second to Qatar in the Arab world, ranking 38th globally, followed by Oman (43rd globally), and Lebanon and Tunisia shared the 4th spot (both 45th globally).
Somalia lead the bottom 5 spots, taking the 168th place, making it the worst Arab nation to be a child in. War torn Syria and Yemen came 137th and 140th, respectively, where children are put it in danger on daily basis due to war and unrest.
Countries that can comfortably brag about being the best countries for young ones are Norway and Slovenia, which shared the first spot. They were followed by Finland, with Sweden and Netherlands sharing 4th place.
The worst country to be a child in is the African nation Niger, which was ranked at the 172nd and bottommost spot on the list.
The rankings are determined by measuring eight different criterion that are essential to a healthy and free childhood. They are under-five mortality rate, child nutrition (malnutrition), kids out of school, child marriage, adolescent birth rate, child labor, child homicide, and minors displaced due to conflict.
According to the report, some 28 million children around the world are currently forcibly displaced. Among them are 10 million refugee children, almost 1 million asylum-seekers, and 17 million who are displaced within their own countries because of unrest and violence.