Millions of unwanted children around the world languish either in foster homes or "foster warehouses"—bleak government-run institutions where they are ignored by an indifferent staff. Many who survive become street children, enduring a jungle-like existence in the major cities of developing nations. An estimated 40 million children live this kind of life in Latin America alone.
Number of wars in Europe in the past ten years: 4 Number of wars in Africa in the past ten years: 15 Number of European wars in which human rights violators can be prosecuted by an international court: 4 Number of African wars in which human rights violators can be prosecuted by an international court: 1
In his late December decision to support the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court, President Clinton did the right thing—though it was also a relatively easy thing. Most of the heavy lifting on behalf of the ICC treaty remains to be done.