Meet Baby No. 7 Billion

UN, activists pick representatives for population landmark
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2011 7:25 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2011 7:56 AM CDT
7-Billionth Babies Born: Danica in Philippines, Nargis in India
Mother Vinita, 23, carries her symbolic 7 billionth girl child, Nargis, near Lucknow, India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The world’s 7 billionth baby has been born, and a number of infants are vying for the title. The UN has chosen Danica May Camacho—born in Manila, Philippines, just before midnight—as its symbolic No. 7 billion, the Guardian reports. UN officials offered Danica’s family a cake to celebrate, while other supporters gave the family a scholarship for her schooling. In India, kids' rights activists Plan International have chosen a girl named Nargis, born today in the country’s most populous state, to represent No. 7 billion.

She was chosen to call attention to widespread, illegal sex-selective abortions of female fetuses, Plan International said. Some 250 villagers attended a hospital event celebrating her birth, which included a street play celebrating girls, the BBC reports. But the Guardian spoke to former milestone babies who say that once the hoopla passed, they felt discarded by the UN. "We saw Kofi Annan as almost like a godfather to him," says the father of 12-year-old Adnan Nevic of Bosnia Herzogovina, the sixth billionth baby. Says Adnan, "He held me up when I was two days old but since then we have heard nothing from them." (More world population stories.)

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