Welcome to the world, 7,000,000,000th citizen


The UN estimated that today we would welcome our 7 billionth (is that how you write it?) citizen today.

Of course, it’s completely impossible to know if it is exactly today, and if so, which baby is the 7 billionth, but coincidentally, they celebrated the birth of this citizen both in the Philippines and in India, and both were girls lucky enough to be born at all (considering recent post about prenatal elimination of female foetuses).

Welcome, Danica May and Nargis, and those approximately 489.998 other babies, born today! And those 490,000 born tomorrow too, etc. And I hope your mother will survive your birth, approximately 1500 did not, today. And I hope you will make it past your 5th birthday: 49,000 (forty nine thousand) of you will not.

I hope we can make it a better world for you. And that indeed all of you will be citizens with equal rights and opportunities.

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