Children remain \u0022the most enduring victims\u0022 of the recession in the world\u0026#039;s wealthiest nations, where 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line since 2008, a new report from UNICEF reveals.The annual study, Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries, was released Tuesday in Rome. It finds that in the 41 richest countries at least 76.5 million children live in poverty.\u0022Many affluent countries have suffered a \u0026#039;great leap backwards\u0026#039; in terms of household income, and the impact on children will have long-lasting repercussions for them and their communities,\u0022 said Jeffrey O’Malley, UNICEF’s Head of Global Policy and Strategy.In 23 of the 41 wealthy countries examined, the rate of child poverty has increased since 2008. In some countries, this rise was drastic: Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Greece, and Iceland saw child poverty climb by more than 50 percent. The report notes that the young are hit harder than the elderly, and among children, the \u0022poorest and most vulnerable... have suffered disproportionately.\u0022The recession has created \u0022a generation cast aside,\u0022 where unemployment for people aged 15 to 24 has increased in 34 of the 41 countries, the report states.The United States is no exception. In 2012, 24.2 million children were living in poverty in the U.S., an increase of 1.7 million since the 2008 recession. In 34 out of 50 states, child poverty has risen since 2008.While the authors claimed the report was not intended as a \u0022comment on austerity,\u0022 their analysis finds that the decimation of public services has fueled the crisis.\u0022Extreme child poverty in the United States increased more during the Great Recession than it did in the recession of 1982, suggesting that, for the very poorest, the safety net affords less protection now than it did three decades ago,\u0022 states the report.\u0022Governments that bolstered existing public institutions and programmes helped to buffer countless children from the crisis – a strategy that others may consider adopting,\u0022 the report notes.