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UNICEF: Majority of Nigerian Children 'Don’t Exist'

Nicholas Karikarisei, a fisherman, cares for his six children in a two-room home in Nigeria's Niger Delta. Last year, he took his 4-year-old son, also Nicholas, to the state hospital to be treated for malaria, a disease that can be fatal. The state hospital is free for children under five, he says, but his family, like many others, was turned away because he couldn’t prove Nicholas’s age. He had no birth certificate so he had to pay a private hospital $45 for treatment in a region...

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