October 31st, 2011
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7th billion baby born


Manila: The world embraces the world seventh billion baby – a Philipino girl born at a packed government-run hospital. Weighing 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds), Danica May Camacho was delivered just before midnight Sunday amid an explosion of camera flashes in the delivery room at Manila’s Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.

“She looks so lovely. I can’t believe she is the world’s seventh billion,” the mother, Camille Dalura, whispered. The baby is the second child for Dalura and her partner, Florante Camacho, who quietly stood in a corner wearing a white hospital gown as television crews and photographers crowded to get a shot of his daughter.

To witness the event was 12-year-old Lorrize Mae Guevarra, who the Philippines declared as its own symbolic six billionth baby in 1999 when the world reached that demographic landmark. “I am very happy to see this cute baby. I hope like me she will grow up to become healthy and well loved by everyone,” said Guevarra, who is now in the sixth grade.

As the welcome its seventh billion inhabitant , U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for “unity of purpose” among people across nations to address problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality.

“Some say our planet is too crowded. I say we are 7 billion strong. But we will only be able to use that strength for the benefit of all if our societies are built on mutual respect and understanding,” Mr. Moon said. The world must come together “on this special day… in the name of the global common good,” he added.

The United Nations named a Bosnian baby, Adnan Mevic, as the Earth’s six billionth inhabitant on October 12, 1999. The secretary general at the time, Kofi Annan, was pictured in a Sarajevo hospital with Mevic in his arms. The Mevic family is now struggling in poverty at their Sarajevo home, which is partly why no baby will be put in the global spotlight this time.




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