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UNICEF Statement from Iraq, January 2018


Following his visit to Iraq in January 2018, Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director stated that at least one of four children in Iraq is impacted by conflict and poverty. In 2017, 270 children were killed, while many were robbed of their childhood and forced to fight on the frontlines. Some will bear the physical and psychological scars for life. On behalf of millions of children and caregivers, UNICEF appeals to authorities in Iraq and the international community to:

  • Put an end to all forms of violence everywhere in the country
  • Continue to provide humanitarian and recovery assistance like safe water, education, protection, psychosocial support, nutrition, and health services
  • Massively step up immediate and long-term investments in education.

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