Editor's note: Kidnapped, maltreated, abused and exploited, forced into wars as "baby soldiers," children of the world, especially the Third World, face an increasingly desperate struggle to survive. Every day 40,000 of them die of hunger, infectious disease or the ravages of war. This weekend in New York City, more than 80 heads of state and government will meet in an unprecedented conference called the "World Summit for Children." On this page we share a glimpse of the lives of some the world's children.