In a statement, Sheema SenGupta stressed that “children must always be protected from attacks” and that schools and homes should always be safe places.
Wishing a speedy recovery to the injured, the representative said “nothing justifies attacks on civilians” and called on all parties to fulfill their obligations under international law. economy, to protect children.
“All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives free from the constant threat of violence“, she speaks.
Ms. SenGupta also believes that schools need to be protected because “they are sanctuaries for children to learn and reach their full potential”.
She reminded that, according to Safe Schools Statementconfirmed by Iraq in 2015, these attacks harm students and staff, deny large numbers of children the right to an education, and thus, “deprive communities of the foundation on which to build build their future”.
Based on UNICEFThe humanitarian situation in the country is largely a legacy of the violent civil conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from 2014 to 2017, when the militant group’s forces were defeated. amidst the ruins of Mosul.
Its newest updateIn December last year, the agency said 2.5 million people, including 1.1 million children, continued to need humanitarian assistance.
About 960,000 people, including 422,400 children, are in urgent humanitarian need.
As of July last year, there were 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 4.9 million repatriates living in the country.
Of these, an estimated 680,000 IDPs and repatriated children have difficulty accessing education – due to factors such as lack of civic documents or poor access to the Internet and distance learning devices.
Support this year
In its plan for 2022, the agency asks for $52.2 million, 21% less than the previous year, to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.
suitable for 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overviewthe total number of people and children in need, has decreased compared to 2021.
Approximately 660,000 children need protective services and 920,000 women and children have needs related to gender-based violence. More than 1.6 million people need support for Water, Sanitation and Sanitation (WASH) services.
In addition, Iraq is predicted to face severe water scarcity this year, affecting an estimated 119,000 children by 15%.