Philippines

Seven Billion Baby

A dubious privilege for a newborn baby

The world population reached seven billion at 11.55 PM on October 30th, 2011: at that time, little Danica May Camacho, daughter of Florante Camacho and Camille Dalura, was born in a Manila hospital.
According to the United Nations, she is the seven billionth human being on Earth: her parents, who received a small sum of cash as a reward, live in a slum and form the typical lower-class Filipino family.
The mother, unemployed after losing her job in a call center, is 23 and has already given birth four times. The father, also 23, works as a driver three half-days a week. And both, although happy, are now terribly worried about their future: like most of Manila’s 19 million inhabitants.

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