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Regarding the Jan. 4 editorial, “Russia’s orphans as political pawns“: Over the past 10 years, four times more children have died in the U.S. from domestic violence than have soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as a result of the wars. This is the worst death rate in the developed world. It casts doubt on the assumption that Russian orphans are necessarily better off in the United States than they are in Russia. Who knows what awaits these children in the U.S.?

In December, the U.S. organization Childhelp (an advocate for children affected by violence) released a report that, every day in the country, more than five children die for reasons related to violence. Authors of the study concluded that the U.S. has the worst record of all developed countries. More than 80 percent of the children believed to have died from violence are reportedly under 4 years old. In approximately 60 percent of the cases, death certificates do not specify that the cause of death was abuse.

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