Back in Africa, a kid crossing the road to get to college is as likely to be hit by a car than a child anywhere else in the world. They frequently have to traverse the maximum distances from their home for their classroom by foot, and on account of the lack of pedestrian-safety infrastructure such as sidewalks, often dodge in and out of the paths of cars and trucks. Though the region is home to only 2% of the world’s vehicles, it accounts for 16 percent of global traffic deaths–and children are disproportionately affected.

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