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Quarter of global population will be African by 2050: UN agency

Published on Aug 13, 2014 3:00 AM
 
Schoolchildren play on May 28, 2014 in a dusty field in Mathare, one of the poorest slums in Nairobi, Kenya. UNICEF, the UN children's agency, says that within 35 years, based on current trends, 25 in 100 people will be African and 40 per cent of the world's children aged under five years will come from the continent.  -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A quarter of the world's population will be African within 35 years, the UN children's agency said on Tuesday, as the continent's birth rates continue to rapidly rise.

High fertility rates coupled with a rise in the number of women of child-bearing age will see two billion babies born in the region by 2050, UNICEF said in a report.

"Based on current trends, within 35 years, 25 in 100 people will be African," according to the report released in Johannesburg.

By then 40 per cent of the world's children aged under five years will come from the continent.

 
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